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Bianca Riesner


Austrian cellist and viol player Bianca Riesner enjoys a varied career as both a modern and baroque musician. After finishing her studies with Roel Dieltiens on the modern cello at the University of Arts in Zurich she worked as a tutti player and principal cellist in various orchestras. She is Assistant Principal Cellist at the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg as well as a frequent substitute at ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Tonkünstler Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Her special interest in Historical Performance led her to start her Master studies on the baroque cello and the viola da gamba with Jonathan Manson at the Royal Academy of Music. During her studies she performed as a continuo cellist and soloist in concerts with Maggie Faultless, Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings and Masaaki Suzuki and received the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize.

Since finishing her studies she has been working with groups like Music for Awhile, The Bach Players, the International Baroque Players and the Steinitz Bach Players and is founding member of the period instrument ensemble Istante.
In 2015 she was a member of the orchestra academy of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has since joined them frequently in concerts with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Andras Schiff, Mark Elder and Marin Alsop.

She is a member of the Monteverdi Apprentice Scheme 2016/2017 which will give her the opportunity to work with the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under the guidance of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.


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