Jisoo Ok enjoys a multi-faceted and vibrant musical career as a cellist, festival director, arranger/orchestrator and educator. Deeply committed to exploring connections with musicians from other backgrounds as well as artists of other disciplines, she has collaborated with distinguished artists such as latin jazz clarinetist/composer Paquito D’Rivera, tango pianist/composer Pablo Ziegler, bandoneonist Hector Del Curto, pianist Orli Shaham, jazz violinist Regina Carter and bassist Ron Carter; performing at prestigious venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Laguna Beach Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Soka Performing Arts Center, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Concerti di Mezzogiorno at Spoleto Festival in Italy, Copa Fest in Brazil and National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
With her husband, Hector Del Curto, Ms. Ok co–produced and released two critically acclaimed albums, Eternal Piazzolla and Eternal Tango, which was featured on BBC News and Public Radio International’s The World. She also appears on Rojo Tango with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott released on Sony Classical, on Horizon: Piano and Chamber Works by Gareth Farr with pianist Henry Wong Doe, on Django Festival Allstars with gypsy jazz guitarist Dorado Schmitt, and on Introducing Letizia Gambi with Lenny White, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Gil Goldstein, and Patrice Rushen.
Born in Seoul, Korea but grew up in New Zealand, Jisoo began cello studies at age eleven to escape from studying violin. Her early teachers included James Tennant and Natalia Pavlutskaya. She has participated in numerous Master Classes with Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Paul Katz, Laurence Lesser and Anner Bylsma. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Heward Memorial Scholarship, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry and she studied chamber music with Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann.
Jisoo is the co-founder and executive director of the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States, noted both for its unique series of performances and its high level of tango music training.
Jisoo has been teaching for more than 15 years. Her cello students have won numerous competitions and have been accepted to New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School Pre-College, MSM Pre-College, Indiana University, All-National Honors Orchestra and All-State Orchestra.
Last year, Jisoo has joined the roster of Rushmore Music Festival’s artist faculty. The Rushmore Music Festival takes place in Spearfish, South Dakota at Black Hills State University.
She teaches at the Suzuki Virtuoso Academy in Mineola, NY and privately in Long Island and NYC.
Jisoo’s arrangements, orchestrations and transcriptions have been performed by top orchestras such as St. Louis Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Billings Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Hector Del Curto Tango Orchestra and Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra.
She studied orchestration at The Juilliard School with Jude Vaclavik and Daniel Ott.
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