Carol Ou 歐逸青, Cellist

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) As the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, she frequently tours all over the US performing a zesty mix of classical string quartet repertoire with many crossover genres of music. The Washington Post writes of Carpe Diem String Quartet’s recent performance: “an adventurous and often breathtaking recital of modern music at the National Gallery of Art’s West Garden Court…The excitement continued with Bela Bartok’s equally volatile Fifth String Quartet from 1934, whose landscapes of slashing chords and windswept wildness were brought off with white-hot intensity.” In addition to performing with her quartet, Ms. Ou has performed with celebrated artists such as Hillary Hahn, James Buswell, Kim Kashkashian, Timothy Eddy, Pascal Rogé, and András Schiff at the Marlboro Music Festival, Summerfest La Jolla, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and other noted music festivals.

At ease with the diverse music styles of the last five 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 collaborated with Hsiao on the premiere of a number of solo and chamber music works throughout the US and Singapore. 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. This season, in her new role as Carpe Diem String Quartet’s cellist, she has collaborated with the Latin Grammy winner and master of the bandoneon, Raul Juarena in Piazzolla’s 4 Seasons of Buenas Aires. With banjo sensation, Jayme Stone, she has performed repertoire as far ranging as Bach’s Art of the Fugue, West African praise songs, Bulgarian dances and bluegrass fiddling music.

A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Ou received her BA magna cum laude from Yale College and her MM and DMA 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 and coordinator 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 US.

Ms. Ou's solo recordings are all issued by the Chi-Mei Foundation in Taiwan. Her chamber music recordings of the 20th century repertoire can be found on the Naxos and CRI labels. Her recording of Walter Piston's Chamber Music, issued by Naxos, won the 2001 Chamber Music America's Best Chamber Music CD award.

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