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Louise McKay joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as the Associate Principal Cellist in July 2011. She is an active chamber musician, performing regularly with the Meta Quartet, Swan Virtuosi string trio, as a recitalist, and with other prominent Australian musicians.

Earlier this year, Louise was a featured soloist at the Adelaide International Cello Festival, performing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and conductor Arvo Volmer, as well as giving master-classes and several other performances. She was also a guest of the Perth International Arts Festival for their Playmakers program in Albany and has previously appeared as soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Doctors Orchestra, Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, Allegri Chamber Orchestra, and several university ensembles.
In 2013, Louise was flown to Sydney to be a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Classical Fellowship. She was also one of 5 semi-finalists in the inaugural Australian Cello Awards which were held in London and posted straight to youtube.

Louise graduated with an Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University, having attended the Australian National Academy of Music in 2004.

Coffee Break Interview: Louise McKay

Most memorable performance... Playing solo Bach on-stage at the Sydney Opera House accompanying dancers from The Australian Ballet.
Sunday afternoons are normally spent... practicing... or recovering from a long cycle in the hills with the South Perth Rouleurs.
My favourite coffee.. My coffee is a soy latte, one sugar. (Girly you say? Yeah, yeah, I know...)