- performed in 2017
For someone who has played with some of the world's greatest orchestras, Sally Maer's face seems to light up the most when reminiscing about her time as a busker in London's Covent Garden.
As a born and bred Londoner and whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, busking was giving Maer the chance to explore performing in a way that she could not do from only playing in the more serious setting of the concert hall. Carving out her own style as "Cello Diva", later gave opportunity to become a headline act on luxury cruise ships like the QMII and touring as the support act for the Opera group, Amici.
Whist taking part in a performance at the Dawn Service in Gallipoli with the Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet in 2004, she was talent spotted by the then manager of the "Popera" sensation, Amici, who invited her to support the group on their Australian Tour. Maer performed her solo show in all the major concert halls across Australia ending in the Sydney Opera House.
Before all of this, there were a few things on the to do list – winning a place to study at the Royal Academy of Music at age 17, graduating with an Honours degree presented to her by Sir Yehudi Menhuin, emigrating to Australia, playing in the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera, and on telly accompanying the likes of Lionel
Richie, Michael Buble and Liza Minnelli. There was once even a gig
with rocker Tommy Lee Jones and a tour as Delta Goodrem's cellist.
Ten years ago, Sally recorded her first album with ABC Classics, Bed of Roses, and has appeared on a number of albums since. Today, the culmination of embracing a kaleidoscope of musical and life experiences have resulted in a return to the ABC with Celtic music that is full of heart, longing and above all, joy.
From Rock to Classical and from Opera to Pop, Sally Maer is no ordinary cellist…
Opera in the Arboretum was delighted to have welcomed celebrated Cellist, Sally Maer to Pearl Beach to entertain you at our 2017 event.
Biography courtesy of Cello Diva © 2016.