Austrian cellist and viol player Bianca Riesner enjoys a varied career as both a modern and baroque musician.
Most recently she has been a member of the Monteverdi Apprentice Scheme. This gave her the opportunity to work with the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under the guidance of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
She regularly joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as an extra player in concerts like the BBC Proms with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Andras Schiff, Mark Elder and Marin Alsop since taking part in their orchestra academy in 2015.
She also works with groups like Concerto Stella Matutina, La Scintilla, The Bach Players, Music for Awhile, Orchester Wiener Akademie and Bachakademie Stuttgart and is a founding member of the period instrument ensemble Istante.
After finishing her studies with Roel Dieltiens on the modern cello at the University of Arts in Zurich she worked as a tutti player and principal cellist in various orchestras. She is a member of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg as well as a frequent substitute at ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Tonkünstler Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2014 her special interest in Historical Performance led her to start a one-year intensive Master studies programme on the baroque cello and the viola da gamba with Jonathan Manson at the Royal Academy of Music which she completed with distinction. During her studies she performed as a continuo cellist and soloist in concerts with Maggie Faultless, Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings and Masaaki Suzuki and received the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize.
She has been awarded the Startstipendium 2014 of the Austrian ministry of education and has received scholarships by the Fohn-Stiftung, Impulse Privatstiftung, Otto Ender-Stiftung and an entrance scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music.