Welcome to the official homepage of session cellist, singer, composer & multi-instrumentalist Rupert Gillett. Rupert is a London-based musician who specialises in jazz cello, but is adept and experienced at many other styles, from rock and blues to eastern European music styles.
Rupert performs regular solo shows as well as duo performances with the project “One Voice, One Cello & A Mad Belgian”. He also plays in a unique 2 cello and violin jazz-fusion/crossover ensemble called “Arcopia” with renowned jazz cellist Gunther Tiedemann and London-based violinist Chris Haigh. As a double bass player, Rupert also regularly performs in a number of ensembles such as Dai & the Ramblers, The Boneshaker Band, The London Klezmer Quartet, The Niche London Quartet and many more. He has played at large scale events such as the 2012 Paralympics & the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, and has performed for clients such as Amazon, Boots, Dunhill, Asda, the American Embassy and Buckingham Palace.
Rupert has also performed to celebrity clients, including Prince Philip, Joe Wright, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, Sir Antony Gormley, Charles Dance, Orlando Bloom, Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd), Jeremy Clarkson (although he left quite quickly!) and Ray Davies (at a pub, actually). He has featured live on BBC Radio London and BBC 6 Music with his own band Kuma Lisa, as well as having performed live on BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music and BBC 2 television.
As well as regular live work with his own projects, Rupert is a session cellist who has worked with producers such as Henning Schmitz (Kraftwerk) and Liam Watson (The White Stripes). He has also done a large amount of voice-over work (Ben & Bella – The Early Learning Group) and work as a studio vocalist.
As an experienced session cellist, Rupert can read, improvise and think outside the box if required and is skilled at gauging what the artist or track requires. If you would like to book Rupert for a session, please send an email.