Ruti Machnai (known as “Ruti Celli” since 2013) 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 joined the prestigious ‘New World Symphony Orchestra’ in Miami from 2000-2002.

Between the years 1997-2015 Ruti participated in numerous acknowledged summer programs such as the ‘Tanglewood Music Festival’ (MA), ‘Verbier’ Music Academy Festival’ (Swizerlsand), ‘Shleswig Holstein Music Festival’ (Germany), ‘Banff Center Chamber Music Program’ (Canada), and the ‘New Direction Cello Festival’ (NY).

In the past 13 years Ruti has been involved in the fields of music production, developing a unique genre of composition- a cross between Classical, New Age, Acid Jazz, Lounge, Trip hop & Pop music. Her productions evolved to and through using her own sultry vocals which eventually led her to independently publish 2 solo albums in 2015: “Nocturnal Miniatures” and, “Its Just a Little Dream” (both produced and performed almost entirely by Ruti). 

Since then Ruti has worked extensively as a Cellist Composer on numerous musical projects. One of her recent composition projects won the ‘Best Soundtrack Recording Award’ at the ‘Indie Music Channel Awards–  2019′, for the piece- ‘Separate Journey’, for the movie ‘Raceland’ (2018).

Ruti is currently involved in 3 collaborative projects:

  1. ’Ferm & Celli’  An improvisational acoustic duo with guitarist extraordinaire / producer- Fernando Perdomo.

In May 2017 ‘Fern & Celli’ opened for Jazz Fusion Violinist- Jean Luc Ponty at the ‘Canyon Club’ in LA. In the following year they were invited to perform on Cruise To The Edge (2019)’– a Progressive rock event, orchestrated by the legendary band ’Yes’ and voted as “one the 5 best acts on the cruise” for that year. They independently released 2 albums- “The Conversations” (2017) and “Language” (2019).

  1. ‘Into The Frequency’ (ITF)- An ‘Electronica production project’ with talented keyboardist & singer songwriter- ‘Dave Schulz’ (‘Goo Dools’/ ‘Berlin’). In the past 2 years the duo worked on 12 songs which they intend to release before 2020. ITF has released their single ‘Handle All That’ (2018) featuring legendary Prog drummer Marco Minneman and later that year debuted it the ‘Viper Room’ in Hollywood.
  1. ‘Finding Venus Tour Summer 2019’– Ruti will be touring this summer with Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter- Caroline Waters (Norway/ LA), promoting Water’s recently released album ‘Finding Venus’ and other original material of both.

As a soloist Ruti Celli is currently working on an Improvisational project- ’Ruti Celli In The Moment’, where she intends to inspire her audience, through music into the ‘Art of trust’. Ruti has just released releasing her first improvisational single ’The Endless Sea out August 15, 2019.


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.