Carol Ou - Cello

Carol Ou was the recipient of the 1998 Outstanding Young Woman of America Award and a top prize winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Praised by The Republic and the Strad Magazine for her “astounding tone and pitch” and her “wonderfully pure cello tone and incisive technique,” she has also garnered praises from the China Times, which calls her “a magician on the cello.” A native of Taiwan, Ou came to the United States when she was 10 and began studying the cello with Gretchen Geber in Los Angeles. Since then, she has studied with Ronald Leonard, Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot. A graduate of Yale University, Miss Ou received her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale College, and her M.M. and DMA from the Yale School of Music. She is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and is the director of chamber music and orchestral studies at Gordon College. A versatile artist, Ou has given numerous recitals and concerto performances in cities across the United States and Europe. She has soloed with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Contemporary Ensemble of Taipei, the Taipei District Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Jupiter Symphony in New York. With the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, she recently replaced the cellist of the Eroica Trio in a stellar performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto. During the last few years, the Chi-Mei Foundation in Taiwan has released 3 solo cello CDs recorded by Ou. The first contains 17 encore pieces, the second, Haydn’s D Major Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and the third includes Elgar's Cello Concerto and other romantic works for cello and orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Ou frequently performs with her husband, violinist, James Buswell and often collaborates with other celebrated artists such as Midori, members of the Juilliard and Cleveland String Quartets, members of the Eroica Trio, Andras Schiff and Richard Goode. In recent years, she has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Summerfest La Jolla, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, New Zealand Music Festival, Musicorda and Aria. With her husband, Ou recorded the chamber works of Walter Piston for Naxos Records. This CD was awarded the Best Chamber Music CD of 2001 prize by the Musical America Magazine and by WQXR in New York.