“Cellist Louise McMonagle, in Brahms's E minor Cello Sonata, produced an immediately striking, rich, woody sound, and went on to captivate with a technically and dramatically impressive command of the piece.” Michael Tumelty, The Herald
Louise McMonagle left Scotland to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she quickly became in demand as a chamber musician, winning first prize in the RAM Quartet Competition among other awards for string quartet and piano trio. As a soloist she was a string finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition, and was awarded the prestigious “dipRAM” for outstanding final recital. At this time Louise was principal cello of the European Union Youth Orchestra, seeing more of the world on many tours!
Performances include Cheltenham International Music Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Purcell Room, Kings Place, Encuentro de Musica y Academia Santander (Spain), Edinburgh International Festival, Sound Festival (Aberdeen), Sounds New Festival (Canterbury), BBC Proms and live broadcasts on BBC Radio. Earlier this year Louise was invited by Heinz Holliger to perform at the Ittingen Pfingstkonzert (Switzerland) and in the Autumn she will return to Switzerland for the Viva Cello Festival in Liestal.
A member of London based contemporary music group Ensemble Amorpha Louise has also worked with The Red Note Ensemble (Scotland), has appeared as guest principal with Northern Sinfonia, co-principal of Aurora Orchestra and is a regular guest with orchestras such as The Academy of Saint Martin in the Field, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Branching out from classical music Louise also features on “Tangent”, an album released on the jazz label Basho Records in 2010 to critical acclaim:
“…’The Master and Margarita’ features the remarkably agile cello playing of Louise McMonagle…I would hazard a guess that there is a fair degree of improvisation going on here, with McMonagle in extremely impressive form.” Ian Mann - www.thejazzmann.com
Louise studied with David Strange, Philip Sheppard and Colin Carr at the Royal Academy of Music, and later with Thomas Demenga in Switzerland. She is thankful to Dewar Arts Awards, Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships, The English Speaking Union and Craxton Memorial Awards.