Portland Cello Project

About Portland Cello Project

In the fall of 2006 a group of 10 cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting.

Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.

But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, playing Portland's most popular clubs (Holocene, Mississippi Studios), and by 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally recognized performance and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists, releasing full-length albums, performing everywhere from punk rock clubs to, loading dock street parties, to exclusive private events, and symphony halls all over North America, spending more than a quarter of the year touring, and featuring a diverse repertoire of well over 1,000 pieces of music.

While the group changed and evolved in a hundred different ways over the last decade, the one consistent focus has always been building bridges between different musical communities through collaboration with myriad artists to educational and community outreach at schools and universities around the country. The group absorbed an all-star team of Portland Cellists (including folks like Skip vonKuske, Diane Chaplin, Nancy Ives, and Kevin Jackson). Musical collaborators have included everyone from The Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Trampled By Turtles to Corin Tucker to Laura Veirs to Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and cellists Maya Beiser, Ben Sollee and Zoe Keating.

"Before this recent Portland Cello Project concert, I’m not sure that I’d truly realized how important live performances can be in helping you appreciate music." Time Magazine Online

"It doesn't get much more genre-crossing than this," - MTV.com

"This indie orchestra gives classical music a jolt of energy," - Spin Magazine

"PCP has come to epitomize Portland's offbeat music scene, one where boundaries are blurred and cellos are in abundance." - The Strad

"If you could see how crazy everyone around here gets whenever the PCP cello-izes a new hip-hop or pop hit (which is a lot), you'd understand why their Thing is the best Thing going in Portland," - IFC's Portlandia Blog

"A group of cello-wielding maniacs" - Spacelab Magazine

"An ace group of rotating cellists who take on everything from Britney's "Toxic" to the Dandy Warhols and postmodern Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in their one-off performances" - Entertainment Weekly

Calendar for PCP

  • January 22, 2017 Escondido, CA | The California Center for the Arts | Tickets on Sale Now! (Virtuosi feat. Diane Chaplin)
  • January 26, 2017 Wickenburg, AZ | The Dale E Webb Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets on Sale Now! (with Alpin Hong)
  • February 2, 2017 Lihue, Kaua'i, Hawai'i | Kaua'i Community College Performing Arts Center | Tickets on Sale Now! (Innovation feat. Gideon Freudmann)
  • February 10, 2017 Jackson, WY | Grand Teton Music Festival | Tickets Available Now!
  • February 11, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT | The State Room | Tickets Available Now!
  • February 12, 2017 Park City, UT | O.P. Rockwell | Tickets Available Now!
  • March 5, 2017 Fairbanks, AK | The Fairbanks Concert Association, Hering Hall | Tickets on Sale Now! (The Alaska Break-Up Project feat. Gideon Freudmann and The Alaska Cello Intensive Cello Choir led by Mary Walters)
  • March 11, 2017 Anchorage, AK | The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets on Sale Now! (Songs for Anchorage: Spring Break-Up feat. Gideon Freudmann, Kat Moore, and the Momentum Dance Collective)

News for Portland Cello Project

December 15, 2014

PCP's new album to e.s. is out now! Physical copies available exclusively in our online shop... here!

December 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift!

December 5, 2014

Thanks for all three sold out shows this weekend, Portland and Seattle!

December 1, 2014

Midwest Tour Dates Announced! Info on the calendar!

November 2014

New video for Between the Bars

Watch Portland Cello Project

"Denmark" Written by Gideon Freudmann

"All of The Lights" Written by Kanye West

"A House, A Home" Alialujah Choir featuring Portland Cello Project

"Please Leave a Light On" Featuring Patti King. From the Beck Hansen Song Reader

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Listen to Portland Cello Project

"Denmark" by Gideon Freudmann (arr: Freudmann)

"All of the Lights" by Kanye West (arr: Jenkins)

Pictures of Portland Cello Project

Credit: Jason QuigleyPhoto Credit: Jason Quigley
Credit: Jason QuigleyPhoto Credit: Jason Quigley
Credit: Jason QuigleyPhoto Credit: Jason Quigley
Credit: Jason QuigleyPhoto Credit: Jason Quigley

Contact Portland Cello Project


Gregg Little
New Frontier Touring
Email: gregg@newfrontiertouring.com


Angie Carlson
Email: angie@propellerpublicity.com

Artistic Direction

Douglas Jenkins
Email: doug@portlandcelloproject.com

Director of Educational Outreach

Diane Chaplin
Email: diane@cellochaplin.com