Based in Berlin, Taiwanese-Canadian cellist Carol Tsai has captured audiences with her warm, generous sonority, remarkable command over her instrument, and profound musical sensitivity. Having performed in venues across Europe, Asia, North America, her musical language is diverse and compelling.
Equally at home as a soloist, ensemble player, or co-composer in new works, Carol seeks and embraces many musical genres and expression. She has performed in many celebrated music festivals, including the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Mozartfest Würzburg, and at the 2018 Cello Biennale in Amsterdam.
Her enthusiasm for contemporary music led her to present premiers at the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab. In 2020, she gave the world premiere of Virgo/ 3C 273 for solo cello and live electronics in Zürich, written for her by composer Benjamin D. Whiting.
Known for her project in 2013 of performing the 12 Piatti Caprices, giving two complete Piatti Caprices recitals and subsequently publishing a series of YouTube video recordings, her exceptional abilities on the cello is widely admired.
As a soloist, her fondest performances include performances of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Accomapanietta Orchestra (2016), Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with Rocky Ridge Festival Orchestra (2014), and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with New Westminster Symphony Orchestra (2013).
Since 2019, Carol is an Akademistin of the Joseph-Keilberth-Orchesterakadademie of Bamberger Symphoniker/ Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie
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