Cellist Jisoo Ok

Biography

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Jisoo Ok enjoys a multi-faceted and vibrant musical career as a cellist, festival director, arranger 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.

Jisoo Ok 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.

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.