Photograph of Rohan de Saram by Jane Baker


Rohan de Saram is an internationally renowned cellist who has throughout his career collaborated with many composers to interpret and develop the cello repertoire. His work encompasses a wide range of musical periods, classical and contemporary, eastern and western, composed and improvised. At TÖNE Festival he will perform Xenakis’ Kottos and work together as part of an innovative ensemble of three cellists.

Collaborating with Director, Dan Ayling, and cellists Lucy Railton and Oliver Coates, three solo pieces and a new trio will be presented in different locations across the Chatham Historic Docks. 


About Rohan de Saram

Rohan de Saram studied with Gaspar Cassado in Italy then, aged 15, after winning the Suggia Award, with Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico and Sir John Barbirolli in London. Casals said of him “There are few of his generation that have such gifts.” As soloist he has played with many of the leading orchestras and conductors of the world.

He was cellist of the Arditti Quartet from 1977-2005. Since leaving the Quartet, he has continued his career as soloist as well as with many other international artists. Many new works have been written for Rohan, in combination with other artists and as soloist, including Berio’s“Sequenza XIV”: this wonderful piece incorporates in a unique way the rhythms of the Kandyan drum, an instrument which Rohan has played since his childhood in Sri Lanka. His recently published book “Conversations” with Joachim Steinheuer from Heidelberg University, has been described as “a treasure trove of musical jewels” and is available, in English, from the German publisher, and from Amazon. For further biographical details, reviews, discography and repertoire see Rohan in the Links page.