Louise Hopkins enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist and cello professor. She has performed in venues internationally collaborating with artists including Thomas Adès, Aleksandar Madzar, András Keller, Dénes Várjon, Tamara Stefanovich, François Leleux, Emmanuel Pahud , Phillipe Graffin, Alexander Janiczek, and the Takács Quartet.
The Times commented on her performance of Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto with the composer conducting at the Barbican Hall that ‘players with such personality, agility and power are rare’.
Concerto appearances include a live broadcast of Britten’s Cello Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Aldeburgh Festival, György Kurtág’s Double Concerto with pianist Tamara Stefanovich at Kurtag’s 90th Birthday celebration concert with the composer present at the Liszt Academy, Budapest. Live broadcast Beethoven Triple for the ABC with Queensland symphony.
Louise has participated at major festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham,Bath, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Belgrade cello Festival, Dijon, Trondheim , and the Australian Chamber Music Festival. She has also been a regular participant at the Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music for over 20 years and has been broadcast on the BBC, RTE, WFMT, Swiss Romande, ABC, New Zealand Radio and Radio France.
Louise is frequently invited to give masterclasses internationally and has held teaching positions at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Bern Hochschule. She is currently the Head of Strings and a cello professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama having begun her teaching career there at the age of 26. The youngest professor to have been appointed at the Guildhall School at that time.
As a jury member Louise has participated on the juries of the Banff, Trondheim and Wigmore Hall string quartet competitions. The Lutoslawski and Amsterdam Biennale cello competitions. Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2023 and Lyon International Chamber Music Competition 2023.