Biography

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

Scottish cellist in London, Louise McMonagle is a versatile performer who enjoys making music in many environments.

Highlights include performing Boulez Messagesquisse at the VIVA Cello Festival (Switzerland), collaborating with Finnish circus performer and choreographer Ilona Jantti 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).

A keen interpreter of contemporary music, Louise was recently invited to join London based group The Riot Ensemble as cellist and Artistic Board Member. Artistic Board Members work as performers, project creators, curators, commissioners and collaborators; creating and producing a diverse array of projects around Europe. Riot Ensemble have given 184 World and UK Premieres by composers from more than 30 countries. Their discography includes releases on HCR/NMC Recordings and Coviello Classics.

Louise has performed at festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham International Music Festival, Dark Music Days (Iceland), Tampere Biennale (Finland), Nordic Music Days (Sweden), SOUND, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and Santander Music Festival (Spain). Select engagements over the next two years include concerts at November Music (Holland), Spitalfields Music Festival, Wien Modern, and Darmstadt.

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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