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

Louise McMonagle is a versatile performer who

enjoys making music in many environments.

Recent solo & chamber music

performances include Wigmore

Hall (London), Wien Modern (Austria),

Dark Music Days (Iceland), Nordic Music

Days (Sweden), and Darmstadt Festival

of New Music (Germany).


Louise loves playing music by living

composers, and has found a musical

home in the Riot Ensemble where she

works as performer, curator,

commissioner and collaborator;

creating and producing a diverse array

of projects around Europe. Described as

“volcanically creative” by Alex Ross (The

New Yorker), Riot Ensemble have given

around 250 World and UK Premieres by

composers from more than 30 countries.

Their discography includes releases on

HCR/NMC Recordings and Coviello

Classics, and in 2020 they were awarded

the Siemens Ensemble Prize.


In 2022 Louise will premiere Laura

Bowler’s new chamber opera The Blue

Woman scored for four singers, cello

quartet and percussion at the Royal

Opera House and Snape Maltings. She

will collaborate with experimental

mezzo soprano Rosie Middleton in a

specially curated selection of music for

voice and cello, including a world

premiere of Philip Cashian’s new work

Madrigali, written specially for the pair.

She will also release new material

created together with jazz saxophonist

and composer Trish Clowes.


Also busy in the orchestral world Louise

has enjoyed working as principal cello

with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,

Opera North, Ulster Orchestra, Royal

Northern Sinfonia, and freelances

regularly with the Royal Opera House,

Philharmonia Orchestra, English

National Opera, BBC Symphony

Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra,

Aurora Orchestra, many other groups,

and records regularly for film and TV.

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