Louise Mortimer - Principal Cello

Louise is a native of Ottawa. She studied cello with Joyce Sands and André Migneault in Ottawa / Gatineau, and briefly with Marcel Bardon in France and Derek Avis in the UK. She currently studies with Margaret Tobolowska in Ottawa.


She has played with the University of Sussex Chamber orchestra under Laszlo Heltay, New Sussex Opera, and the Cambridge Philharmonic Society with whom she had the pleasure of playing many times in King’s College Chapel. A highlight of her time in the Cambridge Philharmonic was playing the Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts in Ely Cathedral where she thought the roof was going to cave in during the Dies Irae! She played in the Ottawa Symphony from 1993 to 2015 and continues to play in the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra and Parkdale Orchestra where she leads the cello section.


She holds a master’s degree in linguistics and applied language studies from Carleton University and has retired from teaching ESL at Carleton, but enjoys teaching cello both privately and for the Leading Note Foundation’s Orkidstra Programme.


She is the proud mother of three sons, and one granddaughter.

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