Arkansas 2022: Artist Spotlight, Louise Pollock

The ITF Host and Staff are excited to announce 2022 Artist Louise Pollock, Principal Trombonist of the Gothenburg Opera!

Louis has won over 30 Prizes in national and international competitions, including the Prize of the President of Germany in the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition (2012), 1st Prize at the the University of Music Stuttgart Competition (2013), the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition, 2014), Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council , 2014), and the Audience Prize at the International Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments, Düsseldorf (2016).

Check out the video below to see Louise with her Gothenberg colleagues in a concert from 2021!

Louise has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, including the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Chamber Orchestra Zürich, Waiblingen Sinfonietta, the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra and the Duisburger Philharmoniker. Before coming to the Gothenburg Opera, she was Principal Trombonist of the Stuttgarter Philhamoniker (Germany) for three years.

Here’s something really different! Louise teams up with her percussion colleague to present a concert of works for trombone and marimba/percussion. The diversity of styles is impressive, and her lyrical playing is quite beautiful. Give it a listen!

Growing up in Switzerland and graduating with distinctions from the Zürich High School for Mathematics and Science (Rämibühl), she received her music education at the University of Music Freiburg (Germany), where she studied with Branimir Slokar, and graduated with highest distinction (Bachelor of Music). Louis continued her studies at the University of Music Stuttgart (Germany), studying with Henning Wiegräbem and completed the degree Master of Music in 2012.

Louise currently teaches at the University of Gothenberg.

Look for Louise’s events on the 2022 schedule!