Bio

These four classically-trained cellists push the boundaries of traditional cello music. They enjoy performing the intricacies of classical music but are just as likely to be found playing rock and pop songs as well as their own original works. Whether in a traditional concert hall or in a late-night rock club, Celli shatters any preconceived notions of what it means to be a cellist. Celli has performed in venues ranging from Spivey Hall to the TedX stage, from churches to outdoor festivals. They enjoy educating student audiences and broadening general audiences’ ears in chamber concerts around the country. Whether collaborating with a beat-boxer or teaming up with opera singers, Celli’s aim is to bring genres and audiences together.

Meet the Members

Nan has recorded the educational rap video "Always Room 4 Cello," which is popular on YouTube, and fronted the alt-rock band Pink Pompeii, with whom she wrote songs, sang, played cello, and recorded two albums. Today, Nan plays in many ensembles but especially enjoys performing with and composing for her quartet Celli. She also adores teaching her adult beginner students at her studio in Atlanta and just released a solo album.

Nan has recorded the educational rap video "Always Room 4 Cello," which is popular on YouTube, and fronted the alt-rock band Pink Pompeii, with whom she wrote songs, sang, played cello, and recorded two albums. Today, Nan plays in many ensembles but especially enjoys performing with and composing for her quartet Celli. She also adores teaching her adult beginner students at her studio in Atlanta and just released a solo album.

Mary Beth Bryant holds degrees from the the University of Hartford, Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University. She has attended the AIMS festival in Austria and performed all over China and Taiwan. She loves teaching, yoga and her dog Ginger!

Mary Beth Bryant holds degrees from the the University of Hartford, Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University. She has attended the AIMS festival in Austria and performed all over China and Taiwan. She loves teaching, yoga and her dog Ginger!

Erin runs a private Suzuki Cello program in Atlanta, is the Artistic Director of the Newton County Youth Strings program, teaches cello at Morehouse College, and is a board member of the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. She loves playing with her cello quartet Celli, doing pilates, and taking care of her 2 children.

Erin runs a private Suzuki Cello program in Atlanta, is the Artistic Director of the Newton County Youth Strings program, teaches cello at Morehouse College, and is a board member of the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. She loves playing with her cello quartet Celli, doing pilates, and taking care of her 2 children.

While performing in various classical orchestras and chamber ensembles Jessica Messere noticed the lack of representation regarding musicians of color on the stages of her professional engagements. That observation lead her to work with organizations that aim to change the racial landscape of the performing arts.  Jessica is married to her partner, Ethan, and is a very proud mom of a college freshman a high school sophomore.

While performing in various classical orchestras and chamber ensembles Jessica Messere noticed the lack of representation regarding musicians of color on the stages of her professional engagements. That observation lead her to work with organizations that aim to change the racial landscape of the performing arts. Jessica is married to her partner, Ethan, and is a very proud mom of a college freshman a high school sophomore.