Taiwanese-Canadian cellist Carol Tsai has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and collaborator in new works for audiences across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has performed in international festivals, including the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Mozartfest Würzburg, Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the Banff Centre, and the Orford Arts Centre.
Tsai presented two premieres for the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab in 2018. In 2020, she gave the world premiere in Zürich of Virgo/3C 273, a work written for solo cello and live electronics by composer Benjamin D. Whiting.
As a soloist, Tsai’s 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). Her project in 2013 of performing the complete 12 Piatti Caprices, giving two full recitals of the caprices and publishing a subsequent series of YouTube video recordings highlights her exceptional abilities as an instrumentalist.
During the 2019-2021 seasons, Carol was an Akademistin of the Joseph-Keilberth-Orchesterakadademie of Bamberger Symphoniker/ Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie in Bavaria, Germany. She is a scholarship holder of Deutscher Musikrat, as part of the NEUESTART KULTUR Classics program.
Carol holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa in Canada, where she studied with Professor Paul Marleyn, and played as a member of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (seasons 2010-2013). She holds a Master of Music from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music in the US, supported generously by the Margaret E. Dadian full-scholarship, where she studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen and served as a graduate assistant to the classes of Professor Jensen and Professor Victor Yampolsky. She holds a second Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in Switzerland, where she studied with Professor Roel Dieltiens, and a minor in modern cello with Professor Martina Schucan.