about


A Los Angeles native, Niall Tarō Ferguson is a cellist, composer, and orchestrator. He is currently an active freelance musician, contributing in equal capacity to the worlds of concert and commercial music.
Niall has participated in music festivals such as the Rencontres Musicales Internationales at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Musique à Flaine, and the Borromeo Music Festival in Altdorf, Switzerland. He has studied with cellists Antonio Lysy, Lynn Harrell, Niall Brown, Ben Hong, and Timothy Loo. In Los Angeles, Niall has performed on many of the city’s premiere contemporary music series, such as Monday Evening Concerts (M.E.C.), Jacaranda Music, and the Hear Now Festival. As a session cellist, he records regularly for several films and television programs. Niall performs frequently on NBC’s The Voice, and in 2019 he performed with Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Niall has studied music composition with Mark Carlson, Ian Krouse, and Bruce Broughton. In 2018 he was commissioned by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section to compose a piece for their Honors String Orchestra. This piece, Flight, received its premiere at Cal State San José in January 2019, and has since been performed several times throughout California. In July 2019 Niall’s piece, Scamper, for String Orchestra and Percussion was performed at the Palau de la  Música Catalana in Barcelona, after having been premiered in Manhattan Beach, California. Niall’s latest piece, Inyo County Echoes, will be performed at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Berliner Philharmonie in April 2021.


Niall has orchestrated on several films including American Factory (2020 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature winner), Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019), Ni No Kuni (2019), and Kruimeltje (2020), among many others. In 2019, he assisted in orchestrating an orchestral suite of Joe Hisaishi’s music from the Studio Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service for a concert tour that would take place that year. Niall’s string arrangements have also been featured on a number of commercial recordings, most notably on Lukas Graham’s 3 (The Purple Album) which was released in October 2018 by Copenhagen Records, Then We Take the World, and Warner Bros. Records, and debuted at number one in Denmark.


As of 2019, Niall is a Program Associate with the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI), a collective that pursues cultural exchange through modern music. In April 2019 he participated in his first AANMI tour, accompanying founder Chad Cannon and contributing to lectures given at institutions throughout Asia such as the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and The American School in Japan, among others.


Niall received his bachelor’s degree in 2017 from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where he studied cello performance with Antonio Lysy, and music composition with Ian Krouse and Bruce Broughton.

Niall is of Japanese descent on his mother’s side, and of Scottish and Irish descent on his father’s. He goes by both his Gaelic and Japanese names, Niall or Tarō respectively.