Biography

“Cellist Louise McMonagle’s playing was especially vivid, with its powerful combination of precision and intensity.” Jonathan Russell – Bachtrack.

London cellist Louise McMonagle is a versatile musician who enjoys making music in many environments.

Highlights include performing Boulez Messagesquisse in the Viva Cello Festival (Switzerland), collaborating with Finnish circus performer and choreographer Ilona Jäntti on performances in London, Norway, and Finland, performances with Ragazze String Quartet (Holland), and recording two studio albums with jazz saxophonist Trish Clowes(BBC NGA).

UK solo and chamber music performances include Kings Place, Sage Gateshead, Purcell Room, Vortex Jazz Club, Nonclassical, and festivals such as Cheltenham, Sound, London Jazz Festival, and HCMF.

A keen interpreter of contemporary music, Louise works with many composers, notably Heinz Holliger who invited Louise to perform his Chaconne for solo cello at his festival, Ittingen Pfingstkonzert (Switzerland). Louise was recently invited to join London based contemporary music group The Riot Ensemble as cellist and Artistic Board Member, with whom she has given numerous radio broadcasts and performed across Europe.

Also busy in the orchestral world, Louise has enjoyed playing guest principal cello with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and freelances regularly with Royal Opera House, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Aurora Orchestra, and many other groups.

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