Louisa Tuck

Louisa Tuck

British born cellist Louisa Tuck is the Solo Cello of the Oslo Philharmonic, a position she took up late 2015. Prior to this she spent 8 years as Section Leader cello of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, where she also played numerous concertos and recorded the Haydn D major concerto for radio broadcast. At the time of her appointment in the Royal Northern Sinfonia, she was the youngest principal cellist of any UK orchestra, being only 23 years old. In 2017, Louisa recorded Strauss, Don Quixote with the Oslo Philharmonic and Principal conductor Vasily Petrenko, this will be released later in 2018 on the LAWO label.


A regular guest principal in the UK, she has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The John Wilson Orchestra and many chamber orchestras and smaller ensembles including The Nash Ensemble.

Outside the ‘classical music box’ she has enjoyed working with artists such as Imogen Heap, Ben Folds and John Grant.


A seasoned recording artist, Louisa first recorded at the age of 17 as a soloist with The Academy of St. Martins in the Fields under the late Sir Neville Marriner, this disc was later nominated for a Grammy Award. More recently she can be heard on many TV and film releases, the title tracks to Downton Abbey, and as the solo cellist on the best selling film Believe to be amongst many highlights. 


Louisa plays in the group ‘Kathryn Tickell and the Side’ with the pioneering folk artist K.Tickell OBE, playing a mix of classical and folk music to audiences across Europe. Their album, simply titled ‘The Side’ has had critical acclaim since its release in 2014. The group of four have toured extensively throughout Europe, having debuts at the Berlin and Luxembourg philharmonic halls and more recently at festivals in France and Denmark. 


She is very fortunate to play a Giovanni Grancino cello, dated 1712, kindly on loan from a private donor in Norway.