South Africa’s leading electric cellist Carol Thorns is known as a pioneer in the electric string genre.  Her world-wide performances include opening for Vanessa Mae, performing for J Lo and sharing a stage with John Legend.

Her flare for creating extraordinary concepts and collaborations has resulted in this portfolio of unique cello projects that has taken her around the world.

Armed with her striking red cello, she has won fans in London, Scotland, the UAE, Switzerland, Finland, India and Turkey. She was awarded a 4-star rating for her audio-visual show ‘Red Cello Electrified’ at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, the largest Arts Festival in the world.

Carol’s popular solo cello album Fireflies In The Rain was nominated for Best Instrumental Album 2010 at the South African Music Awards. 

A Cum Laude Bachelor of Music Graduate from Rhodes University Carol Thorns has a background in cello performance and entertainment PR. Her passion for taking electric strings into unchartered territory lead her to initiate and build popular brands such as Muse String Quartet, Sterling EQ, CODA Africa, Rosanthorn Cello Trio, The Bubble (Cellosphere) and The Galaxy Dress.

With over 100 performances a year, Carol is in great demand as an electric cellist.



  • Solo Electric Cello:  A stylish and elegant performance that has featured at SA’s top events
  • With Visualist:  The addition of film and visual effects brings the music to life and creates a mesmerizing performance. This collaboration is at the cutting-edge of multi-media performance trends world-wide.
  • The Bubble / Cellosphere:  The perfect marriage of music, architecture and light
  • The Galaxy Dress:  LED Dress

Thorns has immense talent

The Star (South Africa)

A deep affinity with nature and Landscapes comes through in the music

The Cape Argus

The combination of her solo performance, video, lights and music can be quite mesmerising

The Citizen