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A versatile 25yearsold cellist, Jisoo Ok has performed throughout North America, Europe, Argentina, Korea and New Zealand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Ms. Ok has appeared in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Centerīs Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, J.F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., the FOCUS! Festival, Spoleto Festival "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Spoleto, Italy, the Town Halls of Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, and Kumho Arts Hall in Seoul, Korea.
Since graduating from The Juilliard School in May 2006, Ms. Ok has been deeply committed to the music of tango. Recent highlights include performances of Pablo Ziegler chamber trio with renowned pianist Pablo Ziegler and Hector Del Curto in Buenos Aires, with Eternal Tango at Lincoln Center Summer Festival and Jazz Standard in New York City, Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico and Le Carrefour Mondial de l'accordion in Quebec.
With her husband, Hector Del Curto, she has produced a critically acclaimed CD, Eternal Tango in June 2007.
In 2003, Ms. Ok was the winner of the New Juilliard Ensembleīs Concerto Competition which led to the performance of Jonathan Kerenīs Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall. She also premiered Matthew Kajcienskiīs Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the Manhattan Virtuosi Orchestra (now Ensemble du Monde) at the Great Hall of Cooper Union.
Ms. Ok has won top prizes in the National Symphony Orchestraīs Young Soloist Competition, the New Juilliard Ensemble Concerto Competition, the Soratin International Competition, the Renhart Music Competition, the Westpac Chamber Music Competition, the National Sheraton Music Competition, the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealandīs "Young Performer of the Year" award.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Ok is a founding member of the J Quartet, which had residencies at the Spoleto Festival "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Italy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chamber music workshop as well as participating in the Juilliard String Quartet seminar. The quartet collaborated and premiered new compositions by Sean Shepherd, Xi Wang and Spencer Topel.
Jisoo Ok began her cello studies at the age of eleven in Korea after studying violin for several years. Her early teachers included James Tennant and Natalia Pavlutskaya. Ms. Ok received her Bachelorīs and Masterīs degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry, where she received the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Heward Memorial Scholarship.
On March 2005, she was invited to be a main member of Hector Del Curto"s Eternal Tango Quintet and Orchestra.
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