Saskatchewan-born cellist Liza McLellan is currently writing, arranging and performing at her cello. From 2009 to 2018, she was cellist for Canada’s notable musical ensemble Quartetto Gelato. As a member of this esteemed group, she had the opportunity to travel all over the world, giving performances in concert halls and music festivals, performed as soloist before large and small scale orchestras, given recitals, and University-level master classes and recorded two full length albums, “All Original, 100% Canadian” and “The Magic of Christmas”.
Liza is also currently cellist and writer/arranger for Yamaha and D’Addario sponsored electric/acoustic string quartet Dévah. This group has held residencies at the UofT during new music week as well as in San Jacinto College, Texas. In 2019, Dévah Quartet recorded a full length album entitled “2112” – which featured her arrangement of RUSH’s epic suite 2112, as well as her own original suite called “Heaven and Hell”, written for electric string quartet, drums, male and female vocal soloists and choir. This album was recently pressed into vinyl in March of 2020. Dévah recorded their first self-titled EP in 2013, featuring all original music written by Liza.
Liza is a sought after freelance cellist in Toronto. Recent work includes cello for the Mirvish productions of Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. She has taken part in numerous premieres with local ensembles like Soundstreams Canada and New Music Concerts. She is an in-demand session and recording artist for musical genres ranging from folk, to rock, pop and classical, and has worked in nearly every recording studio in Toronto. Liza can be heard in the soundtracks to TV productions such as The Murdoch Mysteries and Wynonna Earp. She has sat as an extra musician for numerous Canadian orchestras, most notably the Toronto Symphony.