International young Danish cellist with Brahms sonatas
Danish cellist, Carl-Oscar Østerlind (b. 1984) is one of his generation´s most versatile musicians. He has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “superb cellist” and was recently awarded the Danish Arts Council´s career grant “Den Unge Elite”. In 2010 he won the Danish String Competition and was a top prize winner of the “Ljunggrenska Competition” in Sweden.
Carl-Oscar Østerlind appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Piatigorsky Cello Festival, Verbier Festival, Ipalpiti Festival, Prussia Cove´s “Open Chamber Music” and Bergen Festspillene. As a concerto soloist, he performed in front of orchestras in Denmark, Sweden, USA and Mexico.
Carl-Oscar Østerlind received many prizes and awards, among others the Jacob Gade Award, Sonning Music Foundation Fellowship, Van Hauen Scholarship and awards from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.
As a chamber musician, he won the Danish Broadcasting Chamber Music Competition, The Netherlands “Charles Hennen Competition” and “Trondheim String Quartet Competition” in Norway. Østerlind worked as a solo cellist in the Danish Chamber Players, Ensemble MidtVest and Esbjerg Ensemble, and as a guest principal cellist in Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aalborg, Odense, Helsingborg, and Iceland Symphony Orchestras. He is a member of Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen and was founding member of the award winning ensembles the Sheridan Piano Trio and the Danish String Quartet.
Østerlind studied at the Royal Academy/Edsberg Institute in Stockholm with Torleif Thedeen, Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Morten Zeuthen and at University of Southern California in Los Angeles with Ralph Kirshbaum. Furthermore he received guidance from Frans Helmerson in Piteå and Hans-Jørgen Jensen in Chicago. Østerlind currently plays a 1703 Giovanni Grancino cello, on generous loan from the Augustinus Foundation.