Summer 2019 Artists
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 tours all over the US performing over 50 concerts a year. She also appears frequently with her duo partner, the brilliant American violinist, James Buswell, in duo recitals and concerto performances on five continents.
At ease with the diverse music styles of the last five centuries, Ms. Ou regularly performs a zesty mix of traditional and eclectic works in concert. She has recorded three of the most beloved cello concerti by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar. She premiered Hsiao Tyzen's Cello Concerto in Taipei. Current recording projects include recording a 20th century violin and cello duo CD, recording the complete set of “Calligraphy” solo cello and duo works as well as the string quartets by the Persian composer, Reza Vali, and finishing the last two Taneyev string quartet recordings for Naxos.
A graduate of Yale University, Carol Ou has taught cello and chamber music students at the New England Conservatory of Music, Yale, MIT, and at conservatories and music festivals world-wide. The Chi-Mei Foundation in Taiwan issues all her concerto recordings. 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.