Lief Sjostrom - Cellist, Guitarist, Composer, Teacher

About Me

I'm a cellist, guitarist, composer, and teacher living in Denver, CO.  I compose, perform and license my own original cinematic-neo-classical-post-rock compositions. I've been giving cello and guitar lessons for about 5 years.  My first solo EP, Her Prayers Sound Like Warnings, was released in the spring of 2017, and I released a full length album, Counting Breaths, in July of 2018, and I released a Christmas EP in December of 2018.  I've had music placed in a series of commercials by the ad agency Motive.  I wrote music for the score of a documentary by Adam Reynolds.  Since moving to Denver in 2009, I've also performed or recorded with PrettyMouth, Edison, Sawmill Joe, King Cardinal, Covenhoven, The Patient Zeros, Florea, Chad Price, Tyto Alba, Corsicana, Brianna Straut, Adam Hooks, Poor Me, The Dead Orchids, and many more. 


-2/9 w/ Verses the Inevitable @ Larimer Lounge-Denver, CO

-2/22 w/ Sarah Slaton @ Magic Rat- Ft. Collins, CO

-2/24 Solo @ Ophelia's Electric Soapbox (Dinner)-Denver, CO

-2/27 w/ Brianna Straut @ Evergroove Studio Live Sessions-Evergreen, CO

-3/3 w/ Sarah Slaton @ Blue River Bistro-Breckenridge, CO

-3/22 Solo EP RELEASE @ Goosetown Tavern-Denver, CO w/ Fables of the Fall (Album Release) & GhostPulse

-3/30 Solo @ No Name Bar-Boulder, CO- w/ Fables of the Fall

"Watching Waves" (2018 Tiny Desk Submission)

"Potions"-Music by Lief Sjostrom

Video Editing by CODO Productions

"He's Waiting" (performed and recorded at The Head Room Sessions)

"Aftermath" Music by Lief Sjostrom

Video Editing by CODO Productions

"Dark, Wet Steps Of A Villain" (performed and recorded at The Head Room Sessions)

"Battle On The Misty Lake" (2017 Tiny Desk Submission)



3 pieces from the upcoming album, Counting Breaths, and the EP, Her Prayers Sound Like Warnings 

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Please contact me at for all things musical; booking for shows or weddings, or ask about lessons, or studio work, or film score, or anything else I might be able to do for you.


"At Christmas, he released a record that, in my opinion, best captures the atmosphere of a long, winter night when a miracle happened" [google translation]  -J.P. Biernacki - Łabandzi Śpiew

"Lief’s take on the classics is an interesting divergence in his own melancholic style with compositions that sound like they would fit right at home in the Lord of the Rings trilogy or perhaps in Vikings or on the Skyrim soundtrack." -Norman Hittle; Bolder Beat -

"Each one is beautifully composed and provides a full display of Sjostrom’s talents as a cellist. These versions of the popular holiday tunes are simple, raw and strip away all of the overwhelming glee that often spoils the original musical arrangements."  -Emma Jerry; 303 Magazine -

"Counting Breaths is a 14-track journey that takes the listener through cinematic soundscapes that alter in movement from track to track. One moment the listener may feel like they’re at the top of a verdant mountain range in Middle Earth, and the next they’ll be guided into the high tension of the misty woods of M. Night Shamylan’s The Village. Next they’ll find themselves gliding through a beautiful glade on sparkling waters along with some Game of Thrones-like heroes all before being taken to the doors of a sepulcher in a Lovecraftian-inspired horror tale. Both beautiful and emotionally captivating, these compositions could easily be on some epic gaming playlists and I know I’ll be adding them to my own." -Norman Hittle; BolderBeat -

"....he creates an intense, cinematic soundscape with cello.  It's gripping to watch the collage of loops and melodies come together..." -Daniel Mescher and Jessi Whitten; Open Air CPR -

" immersive listening experience...Lief has an amazing ability for establishing mood, for conjuring dark drama with compelling leads." -Chris Doxtator; Head Room Sessions -

"phenomenally gorgeous soundscapes that follow in the vein of what Explosions In the Sky and David Wingo scored for the Prince Avalanche soundtrack...Her Prayers Sound Like Warnings is full of spacey, ethereal, bowed meditations over finger-picked guitar that produce sounds so vast they sound as if they were recorded inside a cooling tower" -Brian F. Johnson; Marquee Magazine -