Randy Calistri-Yeh: Solo Cellist

Randy Calistri-Yeh



In addition to my other musical endeavors, I perform solo cello recitals in the New Jersey / New York area. You can book a concert or request more information here.

I typically provide a one-hour performance, but I can adjust between 45 and 90 minutes to fit your needs. I play solo cello music with a fun mix of many styles of music. I also tell interesting stories and background anecdotes about each piece of music. I am available for both daytime and evening performances, and I can work with you to find a good fit for your calendar and budget. My programs are very popular with people of all ages and backgrounds. Audiences love the diversity of the program, and they often tell me how much they enjoyed the stories about the music. One of the most frequent questions I get is "when can you come back and play again?".

My "Cello Sampler" concert is my original unique concert approach, and stil the most popular choice. This isn't a stuffy old classical recital. Bach, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky might be joined by Scott Joplin, Glenn Miller, and the Beatles. Irish ballads might pair up with a Sousa march. A Broadway show tune might be followed by a Bulgarian folk dance. I often use a microphone looper to play duets with myself, including all 4 parts of Pachelbel's Canon live on one cello. And I'll give you the inside scoop on all the music with fascinating stories and little-known facts. It's a different combination every time, and there's always something for everyone. I can also make a "custom blend", pulling specific pieces from the other programs listed below.

In addition to these "sampler" concerts, I also offer special theme-specific recitals. They follow a similar style: a one-hour performance of solo cello music (mostly arranged by myself) and stories about each composition. The difference is that each concert focuses on a single topic, with the music and the stories connecting to provide an overall historical and cultural overview of that topic. These themed concerts are both entertaining and educational. It is also possible to mix-and-match from different programs.

You can see several of my solo recordings on my YouTube channel. On request, I can also provide a link for a sample recording of a complete performance, where you can see how the music and the stories fit together.

Book a concert today!