Maike Reisener

Maike Reisener, Cello

I was born in Lüneburg, Germany, and started playing the cello at the local Music Academy when I was 9 years old. I embarked on my studies with Irene Güdel in Detmold when I was 17 and three years later moved to the Folkwang Music Academy in Essen, where I studied with Young-Chang Cho and gained my orchestral and soloist diplomas. During my studies, I had an internship place with the Duisberg Symphony Orchestra and I also performed concerts with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Bernard Haitink. Not much later, I gained my first full-time position as 2nd/1st cellist with the Radio Chamber Orchestra in Hilversum, where I learned a great deal under the guidance of our chief conductors Ton Koopman, Frans Brüggen and Peter Eötvös. I was also studying chamber music at this time, in a range of combinations, with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and with Andreas Reiner (leader of the Rosamunde Quartet) in Essen. Following a masterclass with Steven Isserlis, he invited me to his chamber music festival in Prussia Cove, Cornwall, where I took part several times and got to know many inspiring well-known and lesser-known musicians.

I continued to build up my professional orchestral and solo experience in the meantime, as a solo cellist in projects with the likes of the Ensemble Resonanz (Hamburg), the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Combattimento, and as a member of the Romeo String Quartet. I have been principal cellist of the Gelders Orchestra in Arnhem since 2005 and have also made regular appearances with other groups. I got to know the EnAccord Quartet in 2015, setting out proudly and gratefully on yet another musical journey as a member of this wonderful quartet.a