Andrea Hess - Current Biography

Andrea Hess is principal cellist and founder member of The Raphael Ensemble, whose recordings have attracted awards and unanimous critical praise both here and abroad. Their ten CDs are available on the Hyperion label and on iTunes.

Since making her Wigmore Hall debut in 1979, Andrea has performed and broadcast extensively throughout Europe, the U.S.A. and the Far East as soloist, member of The Raphael Ensemble and, amongst others, The Kreisler Piano Trio of Germany, The Swartzentruber Trio and on electric cello with Colin Towns’ Mask Orchestra.

She has appeared at the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Athens Megaron,  Musee D’Orsay in Paris, London’s South Bank and Wigmore Hall as well as at many international festivals and the BBC Promenade Concerts.

The distinctive sound and the imaginative qualities of her playing have led to an equal involvement in creating music for theatre, film and television, both as performer and composer. Theatre highlights include working with Arthur Miller composing and performing the on-stage cello score for the National Theatre production of Broken Glass, and several productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Almeida Theatre.

Currently, Andrea can be heard featuring on the soundtracks of numerous television drama productions including Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders and she was featured on the recent BBC 4 documentary ‘Why Birds Sing’ playing the part of ‘cellist Beatrice Harrison.

Recent events include solo performances with Joanna Lumley in the John Betjeman Royal Gala, appearing with Maria Friedman at The Roundhouse and as part of Captain Beaky's Band in a concert for UNICEF at The Royal Albert Hall. She has recently completed a season at The National Theatre Of Great Britain as ‘cellist and musical director for The Enchantment.