Louise King is an award-winning, internationally-trained, Australian-made cellist and a homegrown festival Artistic Director and music education program designer.
She has lived and created on Gubbi Gubbi country, Sunshine Coast for twenty years.
Louise is an independent, crossover, contemporary cellist, equally comfortable in the sonic worlds of new music, experimental improvisation, classical, baroque, jazz and global folk traditions. She is an ABC classics, Corella and Naxos artist and her recording output includes twenty-two albums ranging from new music to baroque to collaborations with singer-songwriters.
As an award winning graduate of the Royal College of Music, London and Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England and the Global Teaching Artist Lab at Juilliard School, Lincoln Centre, New York, Louise is in demand as a trained facilitator in music for social change and community engagement. She designs music programs for youth, community practitioners, professional development for teachers, and mentors emerging musicians.
Louise is the Artistic Director of Long Listen, a new boutique annual music festival on the Sunshine Coast, the founding inaugural Artistic Director of Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival, the Cello Dreaming Intensive Summer Retreat, and Rising Stars, an intensive chamber music program for emerging musicians. She is a guest tutor for the Australian and Queensland Youth Orchestras and guest coach for CGEN (Creative Generation).
Louise “exudes a vigorous artistry that surely appeals to a younger generation of music lovers” (The Australian) and has worked with leading Australian artists such as Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, John Farnham, Jack Carty, Karl Williams, Ziggy Alberts, Eric Avery, Joe Geia, William Barton, Fred Leone and Kate Ceberano.