Cellist and composer Cecilia Bignall is passionate about chamber music and contemporary music. She is notably cellist of Trio Derazey (formerly known as the Jorgensen Trio), who won both the prestigious St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition and the Malta International Music Competition, and is a member of exciting accordion-and-cello ensemble Duo Bayanello. She also plays with Ralph Wyld’s jazz sextet Mosaic, which is released its first album ‘Subterranea’ in 2016 on Edition Records.
Cecilia graduated with a first class honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, where she studied with Robert Cohen and Patrick Nunn. She has performed extensively across the UK and Europe, including at the Oslo Opera House, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Wigmore Hall, the International House of Music in Moscow, Kings Place Festival and St John’s Smith Square, and has performed world and international premiers at festivals in Russia and Italy, as well as at the Aldeburgh Festival. She has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 during ‘Sound Frontiers’ Festival at the Southbank Centre, and was featured on Proms Extra in 2016 performing music by Gabriel Prokofiev, along with the composer himself. Cecilia regularly performs contemporary music and jazz, including improvisations with electronics, and has played with contemporary groups such as ensemble x.y and the Riot Ensemble, as well as in Aldeburgh as principle cello of the BPO under the baton of Oliver Knussen. Cecilia plays an 1855 Derazey cello.