The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has appointed 29-year-old Luise Buchberger as the orchestra’s new co-principal cellist.

Buchberger, originally from Frankfurt, first began studying period performance under Clemens Hagen in Salzburg from 2003 to 2007. She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for five years and has performed as guest principal cello for Spira mirabilis and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. As well as playing the cello, Buchberger also performs as a chamber musician and soloist.

Buchberger spoke of what initially drew her to early music: ‘It wasn’t so much the instruments themselves that first attracted me to historical performance, as the attitude and awareness of the players. Listening to period orchestras I found what I’d been missing in my “modern” education: a more rhetorical, theatrical approach. I was intrigued, so I borrowed a baroque cello when I was 19 and was immediately hooked!’

Principle double bass for the OAE Chi-chi Nwanoku was on the committee that appointed Luise. She spoke of some of the reasons why Buchberger had been chosen: ‘Luise is a naturally positive and dynamically engaging musician to work with. Her inquisitive and open mind adds interesting and strong ideas to our mix. She has many qualities that bring wonderful new energy and possibilities, not only to the cello group, but to the orchestra as whole.’

Buchberger’s first performance as OAE’s co-principal cellist will take place in June, where she will be conducted by Robin Ticciati in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera at Glyndebourne. Buchberger said of her new role: ‘I am delighted and honoured to have been made a member of the OAE family, and I look forward to all the exciting challenges to come.’

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