Eline Sundal is based in Bergen, Norway, where she works as a freelance cellist, composer and stage performer.

Her musical platform both as a performer and composer is broad, ranging from traditional concert performances to a more experimental stage and theatre-based art form.

Through a strong music-theatre approach, her classical and contemporary repertoire is often performed in combination with art forms such as visual arts, dance, acting and physical theatre. Her compositions for solo cello (acoustic and electric) and for voice commonly feature extended techniques and sounds.

Eline performes mainly in three different genres of performance - The staged concert ( close to the traditional concert performance), The theatrical concertform ( a theatrical based concert perfomance for example the duo work with Ida Løken) and finally the Multi collaborative performances - A full scaled production with many collaborative arts represented such as visual arts, light design, actors, dancers etc..

Her compositions include choral works and pieces for a variety of ensembles written for music theatre. Sundal's particular interest in mixing collaborative expressions with her performances as a cellist and singer marks her out from the crowd and has ensured her a solid platform as a musician who thrives on discovering new performing genres. One of these genres is the method of actor-musicianship inherited in part from the Russian theatre director Konstantin Sergejeritsj Stanislavskij (born 1938). Thorough the ensemble “ActoMus” based in Oslo (Norway), Sundal further develops anthropological techniques demanded of a musician in this method.

Eline Sundal is an enrichment to the Norwegian music scene, and a unique musician. She challenges herself, her colleagues and her audience with a completely new approach to music making.

Trond Vika- Helgeland sinfonietta



Eline studied the cello with her father from the age of ten. Six years later she was offered a place on the junior apprentice program at the Grieg Academy in Bergen (1992 to 1995).

She then commenced a Bachelor degree in solo cello performance, first in Bergen and from 1997 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She graduated from the Guildhall with a degree in performance and a postgraduate diploma in orchestral studies in 2004.

At the Guildhall Sundal studied cello under professor Leonard Sthen, and improvisation and chamber music under pianist David Dolan, head of the Centre for Creative Performance and Classical Improvisation.

She has also received instrumental training individually and in master classes with a variety of teachers including Aage Kvalbein at the Royal Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Lars-Inge Bjærlestam at the Music Academy of Ingesund, Guido Vecki, Erling Bløndal Bengtssohn, Mats Rondin, Sebastian Dørfler and Sally Guenther.

Collaborating ensembles and festivals include

  • Bergen International Music Festival
  • 2011-2014 The Norwegian State Theatre
  • Oslo Avgarde series of contemporary music
  • Bergen Bodø Sinfonietta Nordland Music Festival
  • Bodø MiNensemblet, contemporary chamber music ensemble Narvik
  • Stamsund International Theatre Festival
  • Bang on the Can Summer Festival, Massachusetts, USA 
  • Karoline Krüger, singer/songwriter
  • Norway Hilde Angel Danielsen, artist, Norway
  • "ActoMus" Worskshop on actor musicianship in collaboration with the Norwegian actors' centre
  • HiHat, artist management, Bergen