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 National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the National Ukrainian Concert Hall in Kiev.
At ease with the diverse classical 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. She gave the world-premiere of Hsiao Tyzen’s Cello Concerto in Taipei and collaborated with Hsiao on several solo and chamber music works. American composers such as Richard Toensing and the late Daniel Pinkham have also dedicated works to her.
A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Ou received her BA, MM, and DMA from Yale College and the Yale School of Music. 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 Music Institute. In addition, Carol Ou has traveled extensively to teach masterclasses on five continents.
Ms. Ou’s numerous solo and chamber music CDs are issued by Chi-Mei, Naxo and CRI. Her CD of Walter Piston’s Chamber Music won the 2001 Chamber Music America’s Best Chamber Music CD award.