Trevor Exter

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"The acid-banjo god of the cello"

Steven Bernstein (The Hot 9, Lounge Lizards, Levon Helm Band, Sex Mob)

“Singer and unconventional cellist Trevor Exter plucks and whacks at his big instrument and guides it through multiple climaxes.”

Time Out New York

“If you’re expecting a sedate orchestra recital, you’d better think again…. Exter’s crooning voice harkens back to an era of music where men weren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves.”

Chris Kocher, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

“…makes you feel like you found something you didn’t even know you were missing… Trevor Exter nails it.”

Ethan Kanat,

For most of his life, Trevor Exter has been a professional singer and cellist with his own approach to all aspects of composing, songwriting, producing, performing and touring. He’s had a few bands where he got to make a spectacle of himself, and some producers like to use him as a secret weapon.

First-time listeners are sometimes puzzled when Exter steps on stage, a cello plugged into an amp the way a rocker bears his axe. Exter has toured with De La Guarda, Steve Kimock, author James McBride, DJ Tasha Blank and his duo with John Kimock, XVSK. He frequently performs solo.

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Some gigs I'm proud of:


My recent instrumental records: TRIOS 1, 2 and 3
Cello: "Building the American Dream" (2020 Doc, PBS)
Live original score: Levar Burton Reads: “Goat” (2017 Podcast, Stitcher)
Original score: "Movimento" (2005 Doc, BBC Channel 4)


"Waitress: The Musical" (Broadway, Sara Bareilles): Cello & Guitars
"Villa Villa" (Off-Broadway, De La Guarda): Singer, MD & tech
"Fuerzabruta" (Off-Broadway): Singer & Drums
"The Good Lord Bird" (Int'l tour, James McBride): Bass, Cello & Voice
"Basetrack Live" (NY Times Top 10, 2014): Cello & Electronics
"Breaking Surface" (Theater For The New City): Original Score

Album Releases

see: Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify.
I also have many performances and demos on my Soundcloud page.

Photo: Shervin Lainez

Photo: Rachel McIntosh

Photo: Shervin Lainez

James McBride,
The Good Lord Bird Band