Ruti Celli Bio- (Updated: May 2019)

Classically trained cellist Ruti Machnai began her musical journey at the age of 8, exploring music at the highest establishments in Israel.

With an extensive orchestral & chamber music experience she moved to the US in 1997 to complete her degree in Cello Performance with Prof. Laurence Lesser at The New England conservatory of Music (Boston) after which she became a fellow cellist at The prestigious New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami (2000-2002).

Between the years 1997-2015 She participated in numerous acknowledged Summer programs such as The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Verbier Music Academy Festival, The Shleswig Holstein Music Festival and The New Direction Cello Festival.

In the past 13 years Ruti became involved in the fields of music production, developing a unique genre of songwriting- a cross between Classical, New Age/ Acid Jazz, Lounge, Trip hop & Dance music. Her productions eventually began including her own sultry vocals which led her to publish 2 solo albums- “Nocturnal Miniatures” and, “Its Just a Little Dream” (both published in 2015)- which she produced and performed on all instruments.

In 2014 Ruti established “Ruti Celli”, a brand expressing a meaningful connection with the cello as a songwriter, producer and performer.

In the summer of 2018 Ruti moved to LA. One her recent composition projects won an award for “The best soundtrack recording” at the Indie Music Channel Awards, 2019. The piece “Separate Journey” co-composed by Ruti will be placed on the soundtrack of the movie Raceland (2018).

Ruti is currently involved in 3 LA based collaborative projects:

1. Ferm & Celli- An improvisational duo with guitarist extraordinaire Fernando Perdomo. Together they improvise on some of the world’s finest platforms. In May 2017 Fern & Celli opened for Jazz Fusion Violinist Jean Luc Ponty at The Canyon Club in LA.  “Fern & Celli” also got to perform on “Cruise To The Edge 2019” as a Progressive rock act, after which they were voted on social media as “one the 5 best acts on the cruise that year”. They release their debut album “The Conversations” in February 2017.

2. “Into The Frequency”– A production project based on Ruti’s original material that expanded into a partnership with Keyboardist & songwriter Dave Schulz (Goo Dools/ Berlin) with whom Ruti plans to release & perform their entire new collection of songs. They have recently debuted their single “Handle All That” at the Viper Room in Hollywood.

3. Ruti will be touring this summer with International singer songwriter Caroline Waters (Norway/ LA) performing original material and improvisations all over Scandinavia, promoting both of their music.

Performance Resume

Vocal & Cello performance coaching with singer/ songwriter cellist Trevor Exter (since 2015)

Vocal coaching with vocalist & recording artist- Beth Cohen (SINCE 2014)

Bachelors of music in cello performance ( Laurance Lesser)- The New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA (Graduated May 2000)

The Buchmann Mehta school of Music- Tel Aviv University, Israel woth Prof. Hillel Zori)- Undergraduate studies in Cello Performance, 1995-97

Honors & Awards

Winner, III World Cello Congress Masterclass competition– 2000

Recipient, American- Israeli Foundation Scholarship- SINCE 1993

Second Prize, The Buchman Mehta school of Music Strings Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel- 1996

Programs & Festivals

Participant & performer at the New Direction Cello Ferstival, Ithaca NY (since 2015)

Resident Cellist- The New World Symphony, Miami, FL (2000- 2002)

Performer and participant at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Salzau, Germany (since 2000)

Performer & participant at the London Masterclasses (with Mr. ralph kirshbaum), London, England (since 2000)

Performer and participant at The Holland Music Sessions, Amsterdam, Holland (since 2000)

Performer and participant at the Radolfzell Music Festival with Prof Uzi Wiesel, Radolfzell, Germany (since 2000)

Performer & participant at The Banff Center for the Arts, Art summer programs, Alberta, Canada (since 1998)

Performer and participant at The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, MA (since 1997)

Principal Cellist of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Verbier Festival, Verbier, Swiss since 1994)


“Nocturnal Miniatures” (Remastered) Album- Cellipop Records, Nov 16 2015

“It’s Just a Little Dream” album- Cellipop records, Nov 20 2015

“Some Days” single- Cellipop records, May 20 2016

“The Conversations” album- Cellipop records, February 6 2017

Other Collaborations


Producer/ Mixing Engineer Ozzy Cramona– “It’s Just a Little Dream” Album, “Some Days” Single

Mastering Engineer Ishay Sommer– “Nocturnal Miniatures” Album

Mastering Engineer Troy Glezner– “It’s Just a Little Dream’ Album


Frank Stroobandt- Guitarist & Composer- “Some Days” Single

Keyboardist/ Programmer Nano Rivas- “Nocturnal Miniatures” Album

Singer/ Songwriter Jim Camacho– “Alive” Single, to be published in the winter of 2017.

(As a Recording Artist)

Singer/ Songwriter SJ Albums “Coffee” (published May 31, 2011) & “Coffee (Strong Brew Edition” published August 15, 2012

Singer/ Songwriter Jose Masella’s solo album “Evolution”, Published Dec 7, 2014

The Group Electric Kif- “Take Your Time” Album (published April, 2015)


Singer Songwriter Jennifer Kaiser– live show of her album “Closer to Red” at Luna Star- 2/19- 2017.

Drummer Be Bryan- live show at Churchill’s pub, 2/16/17

Multi instrumentalist Richard Brookens– various live shows with singer songwriter Kate Eaton as well as a number of collaborative improvisational performances at Miami Speakfridays & Zen Mysteries vegan cafe.


“Never become a believer, never become a follower, never become a part of any organization. Remain authentically true to yourself. Don’t betray yourself.” Osho.

“Be present wherever you are. It doesn’t matter where you are, just be totally present.” Osho