A conservatory-trained cellist with a M.M. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a B.M. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory and over 22 years of experience in classical, folk, jazz, Indie, rock, film scores, among other styles, Mikala sight reads exceptionally well, plays by ear, and is very comfortable improvising parts. Featured on NPR’s “From the Top,” Mikala’s notable collaborations include master classes with Steven Isserlis, Alisa Weilerstein, and Pieter Wispelway. Mikala is available for recording sessions, live performances, and to assist with the development of cello parts for artists that want to include this marvelous instrument in what they are doing!
I hire Mikala Schmitz often to perform for weddings, events, recording sessions and live shows. She's a phenomenal cellist who has a great sensitivity to the music, excellent technique and just a kind warm person. She's also so easy and professional to work with. You won't regret hiring her!
Mikala was patient and coordinated well with other performer that was going to do an acoustic version of Abba Dancing Queen she arranged a beautiful version. Incredibly happy highly recommend recommended her services
Hired her for work multiple times now. She has the X factor you need when hiring a cellist. I've been very impressed with the studio recording sessions I've had with her because of her ability to improvise on the spot effortlessly, her impeccable intonation, and her uplifting personality. You can't go wrong with this cellist :)
Price Range: $500 and up
Hailed by San Francisco's Civic Center for her "...professional and highest caliber of playing," Los Angeles-based cellist Mikala Schmitz is an avid performer of many different styles of cello playing. Ms. Schmitz often finds herself crossing over into a variety of musical genres. From Americana folk, to classical, jazz, electronic, and baroque, Mikala continues to find new and fascinating collaborative avenues. Fostering her love for crossover, Ms. Schmitz recently joined the electro-chamber group Iridas, a classically inspired fusion of impressionism and the contemporary.
Ms. Schmitz performs and collaborates regularly with musicians and composers in the Los Angeles area. Mikala's work with the English rock group The Last Shadow Puppets took her all over Europe, playing for sold-out audiences nationally and internationally. Mikala has performed and toured with Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, and you can also hear her on television shows such as Netflix's Chef's Table and HBO's The Brink. Ms. Schmitz will resume her award-winning tenure this fall with Tim Robbins’s acting troupe, The Actors’ Gang, on their production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The 2014/2015 tours made their way through China, Italy, Tennessee, Brazil, France, and Spain. The score for the production, co-written by Ms. Schmitz and music director David Robbins, received a 2014 Ovations Honors for Composition for a Play.
Mikala holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, where she studied cello with Darrett Adkins as well as baroque cello and viola da gamba with Catharina Meints. Ms. Schmitz also holds a M.M. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with The Cleveland Orchestra's assistant principal cellist, Richard Weiss, and played with the Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra and the Case Western Reserve Viol Consort. Additionally, Ms. Schmitz has participated in numerous music festivals, including Encore School for Strings, Aspen Music Festival and School, the Tanglewood Music Festival for two summers, and the American Bach Soloists Festival Academy.
Past Booked Events
|November 14, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||HoLO @ The LINQ in Vegas|
|September 27, 2018–September 29, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||The Madwoman of Chailot @ The Actors' Gang|
|September 20, 2018–September 22, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||The Madwoman of Chailot @ The Actors' Gang|
|September 15, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Electric Light Orchestra @ Rockefeller Festival|
|February 23, 2018 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm||Surprise|
|December 01, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Golden State Pops Orch at Royce Hall|
|November 22, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Studio Session|
|November 19, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Kaleidoscope at 1st Pres. Church of Santa Monica|
|November 18, 2017 • 10:00pm - 11:00pm||Kaleidoscope Orchestra Performs at Disney Hall|
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