Carol Ou, cello
A versatile artist, cellist Carol Ou is known for her “fiery, marvelous” and “meltingly melodic outpourings” (Boston Globe) and her “wonderfully pure cello tone and incisive technique.” (The Strad Magazine) Numerous solo and chamber music engagements have brought her to prestigious venues such as New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan’s Presidential Palace and the National Ukrainian Concert Hall in Kiev. She has collaborated with artists such as Hillary Hahn, Timothy Eddy, Midori, András Schiff, and Pascal Rogé at the Marlboro Music Festival, Summerfest La Jolla, Australian Festival of Chamber Music and other noted music festivals.
At ease with the diverse classical musical styles of the last four centuries, Ms. Ou regularly programs traditional European masterworks with more eclectic works in concert. She has recorded three of the most beloved cello concerti by Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Elgar and premiered several new compositions written for her. She gave the first performance of Hsiao Tyzen’s Cello Concerto in Taipei and premiered several solo cello works written for her by this noted Taiwanese composer. American composers such as Richard Toensing and the late Daniel Pinkham have also dedicated works to her. Other unusual works that she has performed include Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for string quartet and pipa, Peter Sculthorpe’s string quartet with didjeridu, and Reza Vali’s Calligraphy no. 4 for string quartet and the Persian santoor.
A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Ou received her BA magna cum laude from Yale College and her master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance from the Yale School of Music. She has taught cello students at Yale and MIT, and was the director of strings, chamber music and orchestral studies at Gordon College. She is currently on the cello and chamber music faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Since 2007, Ms. Ou has also been the chamber music director of the Heifetz International Summer Music Institute in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and Staunton, Virginia. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Carol Ou has traveled extensively to give cello and chamber music master classes in Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Argentina, Ukraine, Australia, Taiwan, Canada, and throughout the U.S.
Ms. Ou’s solo recordings are all issued by the Chi-Mei Foundation in Taiwan. Her chamber music recordings of 20th century compositions can be found on the Naxos and CRI labels. Her recording of Walter Piston’s Chamber Music, issued by Naxos, won Chamber Music America’s Best Chamber Music CD award in 2001.