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Luise was recently announced as the OAE’s new Co-Principal Cello. We had a chance to chat with her about her musical background, why she was attracted to the OAE and what career she would have if she was not a cellist (the answer may surprise you!)
How did you first get into music?
My parents are both violinists, so when I was small I thought every person in the world was a musician. Learning an instrument seemed like a very normal thing to do.
Why the cello?
I’m not sure. As long as I can remember, I wanted to play the cello. Maybe because I thought there were enough violinists in the house already?
When did you realise you wanted to make music your career?
When I turned 13.
What attracted you to working with the OAE?
The variety of the work they do – the extremely wide range of repertoire they perform, all on authentic instruments. Having the chance to play very different roles in different settings, like chamber music, symphonic repertoire or opera. And getting to work with fantastic conductors and soloists.
What’s been one of the highlights of your career so far?
A very recent highlight was The Carnival of the Animals with the OAE and the Labeque Sisters.
When you’re not busy performing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not busy performing I’m usually busy practising. 🙂
If you could only perform the music of one composer for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Would I be allowed to listen to music by other composers? In that case it’d be Schubert.
What do you fear the most?
That depends on the time of day.
If you could choose to work in a different profession, what would it be and why?
I might want to be a pastry chef, or perhaps a carpenter – because I like to work with my hands, create things.
If you could have dinner with any famous person (dead or alive) who would you choose?
What’s the most obscure album you own?
Metallica “Load”. Does that count as obscure?
What are you listening to at the moment?
Ravel Chansons madécasses.
Which book do you think everybody should read?
I think different people need different books, I wouldn’t know which one single book is important for everybody.
What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Identify your strongest qualities and find, or create, your very own place in the (music) world where you’re able to exploit your full potential.
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The Coral Beach at Claigan on the Isle of Skye, August 2013
It’s the only white beach on Skye, and it’s composed of dessicated and sun-bleached algae!