Nuala McKenna – Dutch Classical Talent 18/19

Five centuries out of the box

The selection jury of Dutch Classical Talent jubilantly summed up cellist Nuala McKenna’s qualities: ‘Enormous storytelling ability; able to growl like a viola da gamba; brings the folk music back to Bach; intelligent, and – another bonus – she plays everything from memory.’ This former pupil of Jean-Guihen Queyras thinks outside the box. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Ligeti, and there are no obstacles between her cello and the audience – not even a music stand.