Josephine van Lier performs throughout the world on cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba.
She is a strong advocate for the historically informed performance practise of early music.
A versatile musician and educator, Josephine van Lier is equally at ease on a historic instruments - such as baroque cello, a 5 string violoncello piccolo, a 7 string bass viola da gamba, a violone and tenor and treble gamba - as on their contemporary counterparts, using instruments and bows whose designs, construction and material span over 400 years in origin; from her 1725 baroque cello, to her 1870 modern cello, from gut strings on her historic instruments, to steel strings on the modern ones. She, therefore, covers a wide variety of repertoire.
Josephine has garnered much world-wide critical acclaim for her 4-disc recording of the Bach cello suites in leading publications around the world, such as Strad Magazine, Oxford Early Music and including an “Editor’s Choice”, five-star rating from London’s “Early Music Today”.