“Her accounts of the Suites demonstrate much rhetorical freedom, and their telling blend of phrasal individuality makes a strong impression.”
The Strad Magazine…

“The opening Prelude (Suite no.1) sounds as if van Lier and the cello are breathing together as one, with a stunning, natural ease that hints at the lost art of musical improvisation in the classical sphere. It sends chills up my spine. And that is only the first three minutes” 
The Edmonton Journal

“The playing throughout is spacious and free, the preludes are imaginative, and the dances are idiomatic…” 
La Scena Musicale

Cello enthusiasts will be in heaven with a release like this […] one can’t catch van Lier on any blemishes in virtuosity”

“Van Lier gives a sense of playing with the memory of a dance rather than the dance itself, and makes this work: it’s as though the use of a variety of instruments lets her go away from Bach and return to explore dance as a tradition inherited”. 
Early Music Today


Biography of Josephine van Lier

Josephine van Lier is a Dutch cellist and viola da gambist who has called Edmonton, Alberta, Canada her home since 1995. Born with an insatiable passion for music and a profound dedication to historically informed performance practice, Josephine has built a remarkable career that encompasses both the “traditional” classical and early worlds of music.

A versatile musician and educator, Josephine’s repertoire is as diverse as her instrument collection. She is equally comfortable performing on historic instruments like the baroque cello, a 5-string violoncello piccolo, a 7-string bass viola da gamba, a violone, or a tenor or treble gamba, as she is on their modern counterparts. Her collection spans over 400 years of instrument design, construction, and materials. This extraordinary range of instruments and bows allows her to explore a vast array of musical repertoire, pushing the boundaries of music performance.

Josephine’s profound musicality and dedication to historical accuracy have earned her international acclaim. One notable achievement is her 4-disc recording of the Bach cello suites, which has received accolades in leading publications worldwide. Reviews in Strad Magazine, Oxford Early Music, and a prestigious “Editor’s Choice” five-star rating from London’s “Early Music Today” serve as a testament to her exceptional artistry and commitment to the authenticity of the music.

Beyond her performance career, Josephine van Lier is also a driving force in the world of early music. She is the founder and artistic director of Early Music Alberta, an organization dedicated to promoting and fostering historically informed performance practices. This institution has been instrumental in organizing concert series and an annual early music festival in Edmonton, showcasing the beauty and significance of early music.

As a passionate and active performer, Josephine continuously seeks out challenging and exciting projects. Her artistic journey has taken her across North America, Asia, and Europe, where she captivates audiences with her enchanting interpretations of both familiar and lesser-known musical masterpieces. Her excellence extends beyond the stage, as she is much sought after for performing, adjudicating festivals, teaching masterclasses, holding lectures, and directing workshops on historically informed performance practice.

Josephine’s contributions to the world of music and her tireless advocacy for early music have been recognized with the “Celebration of Women in the Arts Award” from the Edmonton Arts Council. This accolade underscores her significant impact on the local cultural landscape and her dedication to the arts.

For more information about Josephine van Lier and her musical journey, you can visit her official website at Through her unwavering dedication to early music and her extraordinary talent, Josephine continues to inspire and enrich the world of classical and baroque music.


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