South Africa’s leading electric cellist, Carol Thorns has been performing locally and internationally for over a decade. Armed with her striking red cello, she has won fans in India, Dubai, Switzerland, Macedonia and the UK. 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.

Her popular solo cello album Fireflies In The Rain was nominated for Best Instrumental Album 2010 at the South African Music Awards.  In 2014 her Afro-Electro group CODA Africa was nominated for an All Africa Music Award for the most promising Artiste in Africa 2014.

Her great passion is to reposition her instrument, the cello, in an exciting and ground-breaking context, and all her projects reinforce this idea. The Bubble is a transparent globe that presents the performer in a magical context.  This new, innovative concept has taken the corporate entertainment market by storm and has been booked for SA’s top launches, fashion events and parties and is in great demand across South Africa and as far afield as Australia and New York.

A Cum Laude Bachelor of Music Graduate from Rhodes University in South Africa, 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 Electric Quartet, CODA Africa and her latest venture, Rosanthorn Electric Cello Trio

Carol is featured extensively in the media both locally and in publications outside of South Africa surrounding her international performances. Her You Tube video’s are watched across the globe. Her current music video has been viewed over half a million times. This has been hugely beneficial for her web presence internationally and has opening conversations with fellow musicians, producers and clients from around the world.  As a result she performs internationally on a regular basis and is one of SA’s most in demand electric string acts. See  for more info.



  • 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.
  • Duo with Louise Carver:SA’s top singer/song-writer Louise Carver joins forces with electric cellist Carol Thorns for an entertainment offering of impeccable quality and style
  • The Bubble / Cellosphere:  The perfect marriage of music, architecture and light
  • Rosanthorn Cello Trio:  World-first all female electric cello ensemble

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