Louise King, Artistic Director/Cello
Louise King is the inaugural Artistic Director of the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival, a role she has been dreaming about since she arrived on the Sunshine Coast where she has been living and working since 2003.
Louise King is an exciting example of an independent contemporary classical musician. A refined English cellist with extensive international experience and training, she is an inspiring concert artist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and event producer.
Louise has won prestigious scholarships, solo prizes and several international chamber music competitions and now performs in Australia’s finest music festivals and classical concert series. As Director of Cello Dreaming she runs a busy private teaching studio, produces and presents community and professional concerts, workshops, collaborative performance projects, mentors emerging young musicians, and is Music Director for the Southern Cross Soloists Winter Music School and tutors for the Australian and Queensland Youth Orchestras.
Louise King moved to Australia in 2003 after working extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia with the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and as a cello, chamber music tutor and conductor of the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department, Manchester. A multi-award and competition-winning graduate of the Royal Colleges of Music in London and Manchester, Louise underwent international masterclass and postgraduate study with Christopher Bunting, William Pleeth at Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Anner Bylsma, Karine Georgian, Ralph Kirschbaum and Steven Isserlis at International Musician’s Seminar, Prussia Cove sponsored by the Musician’s Benelovant Fund and chamber music coaching with the Amadeus, Chillingirian, Fitzwilliam, Lindsey and Kronos Quartets.
Louise works as a freelance musician performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Topology, The Queensland Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Endeavour Trio, Tulipwood Quartet and Chamber Orchestra. Louise records and performs as session musician for singer songwriters such as Katie Noonan and international touring artists such as Il Divo and Josh Groban. She enjoys collaborating with composers, choreographers and artists to create new performance works for her instrument.