Cellista® (born Freya Seeburger, February 21, 1983) is an American cellist, artistic director and arts advocate. She is known for collaborating with artists across various media, as well self-producing live performances in unconventional spaces that incorporate elements of classical music, theater, improvisation and visual art across a range of genres including pop, hip-hop, classical and more. These performances often feature a carbon fiber cello and loop station
Her interdisciplinary exhibit The End of Time which premiered alongside internationally renowned visual artist Barron Storey’s solo exhibit Quartet at Anno Domini art gallery in downtown San Jose with her chamber music collective the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble received critical acclaim. The dual exhibition, created in tribute to French composer Olivier Messiaen’s seminal chamber work The Quartet for the End of Time, received mention in Juxtapoz Magazine.
A noted session musician for both recording and live performance, Cellista has worked with Grammy-nominated artist Tanya Donelly, producer John Vanderslice, Don McLean, Casey Crescenzo, and Van Dyke Parks.
Cellista is a 2014 Belle Foundation grantee. She is also a Nagel's Scholarship recipient. For her work with Messiaen's Quartet she received the Otey Award for research writing from San Francisco State University where she attended graduate school, studying for her MM in cello performance with Alexander Walsh-Wilson of the Alexander String Quartet. She has presented her musicology research at the University of Calgary's Confounding Expections graduate musicology symposium as well as at the University of Nevada-Reno.
She has been the documentary film subject for the experimental short titled "Cellista" directed by filmmaker Brian Favorite. Narrated by Rykarda Parasol the documentary/fairy-tale hybrid was premiered at the Bernal Heights Film Festival and at the Diamond in the Rough Film Fest.
Cellista's debut full-length album Finding San Jose engineered by Maryam Qudus (Doe Eye) was released in Fall of 2016. Of the album, she remarked "Most especially, this is an offering to the artists of San Jose. I owe San Jose my creative life. I see the town going through a period of rapid growth and development, and I would like to offer this album to my community in dedication of a time when San Jose used to be orchards." The album and its subsequent release as the soundtrack for an interdisciplinary ballet directed and produced by Cellista received favorable reviews.
She is currently working on forthcoming albums The New Classics and Transfigurations. The New Classics is an album of chamber music features original compositions and commissions from Bay Area artists including Peter Colclasure, Beth Custer, Be'eri Moalem, and Nick Vasallo. Transfigurations is an album of noise and sound textures. Its premier track Wants became the soundtrack for a performance art piece by the same title which debuted in February of 2017 at Little Boxes Theater. Wants was featured on KQED Arts 100 Days of Art.