Ella van Poucke is one of the leading cellists of her generation. She began playing the cello at the age of six. Entered the Royal Conservatory of The Hague at the age of 10 and later continued her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Godfried Hoogeveen. After making her debut at the Concertgebouw at the age of 10 she has been performing in all the major halls of the Netherlands, in many top halls in Europe and in the U.S and Asia with renowned orchestras and ensembles. Ella is not only a soloist, but also a passionate chamber musician. She has performed with Andras Schiff, Tabea Zimmermann, Viviane Hagner, Gidon Kremer, Pavel Vernikov, Simone Lamsma, Prazak quartet, Schumann quartett among many others.
She is the artistic director of the Chamber Music Festival Amsterdam which she and her brother, pianist Nicolas founded in 2010.In August 2018 she was Artist in Residence of the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam.Ella is the first prize winner of many international competitions (Premio Chigiana 2017, Grachtenfestival Prize). She has premiered a cello concerto, which was written for her by the Finnish composer Uljas Pulkkis during the International Cello Biennale in Amsterdam.
Ella plays on a Rombouts cello, kindly lend to her by a anonymous benefactor.