Ella van Poucke
Ella van Poucke (1994) started playing the cello at the age of 6. She studied at the Conservatories of The Hague and Amsterdam, after which she continued her studies with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. From 2016 to 2019 she studied with Gary Hoffman at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.
She was also taught by Steven Isserlis, Menahem Pressler, Mischa Maisky, and the Emerson Quartet. She has won prizes at several national and international competitions, and in 2015 she won first prize at the Isang Yun cello competition in Korea. In 2017, Ella won the Grachtenfestival Prize and the Premio Chigiana.
Ella has performed with leading Dutch and foreign orchestras. In addition to performing as a soloist, Ella is a very active chamber music player. During the Cello Biennale 2012, she premiered Uljas Pulkkis' cello concerto. In 2021, an album of hers with the complete works of Robert Schumann for cello was released. Since 2022, Ella van Poucke has been a teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Ella van Poucke plays on a Giovanni Paolo Maggini from 1620, on loan from an anonymous donor.