London orchestra names two Euro principal cellists

London orchestra names two Euro principal cellists


norman lebrecht

October 31, 2016

Aurora, one of the livelier London start-ups, has filled one vacancy with two foreign cellists:

We are thrilled to announce that following a two-year international search Aurora has appointed two new Principal Cellists. Torun Sæter Stavseng and Sébastien Van Kuijk will share Aurora’s Principal Cello chair as joint appointees, joining the orchestra’s core group of seventeen members.

Torun is Norwegian, Sébastien is French.

The Brexiteers will not be pleased.



  • Anon says:

    I’d think Brexiteers would be quite happy. I don’t know many of them who have any problem with other country’s citizens coming to work and add value to the UK, and it is pleasing that these two cellists wish to come and work here and add to our cultural scene.

  • Tim says:

    I’m not sure it’s accurate to describe an acclaimed orchestra (much-recorded, much-broadcast, internationally-touring) founded more than ten years ago as a ‘start-up’.

    Fantastic to see Aurora attracting international talent.

  • Allen says:

    Norway is a member of the EU now?