Celebrated for his versatility, charisma, and directness of communication, Scandinavian cellist Carl-Oscar Østerlind enjoys a career as a soloist and chamber musician. Praised for his “incredible presence” in the Danish newspaper Politiken, Carl-Oscar Østerlind’s qualities have been recognized with many awards. First Prize winner of the Danish String Soloist Competition and a top prizewinner in Sweden’s prestigious Ljunggrenska Competition, 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, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival and Bergen Festspillene. As a soloist he performed with orchestras in Denmark, Sweden, USA and Mexico. Since his early achievements of winning the Jury´s Special Prize in the Danish-Swedish Øresund Soloist Competition, Carl-Oscar Østerlind received many prizes and awards in Sweden, Norway, and Netherlands. As a chamber musician, he won the Danish Broadcasting Chamber Music Competition, The Netherlands Charles Hennen Competition and Trondheim String Quartet Competition in Norway. For the recordings of the complete String Quartets by Carl Nielsen for DACAPO, Mr. Østerlind co-received a Danish Music Award. Mr. Østerlind is a member of Ensemble Mutatis, Northern Lights Ensemble and the Sheridan Piano Trio. He worked as a solo cellist in the Danish Chamber Players, Esbjerg Ensemble and Ensemble MidtVest, and as a principal cellist in Copenhagen Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Østerlind studied at University of Southern California in Los Angeles with Ralph Kirshbaum, Royal Academy/Edsberg Institute in Stockholm with Torleif Thedeen, and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Morten Zeuthen. Furthermore, he received guidance from Frans Helmerson in Piteå and Hans-Jørgen Jensen in Chicago. Mr. Østerlind currently plays a 1703 Giovanni Grancino cello, on generous loan from the Augustinus Foundation.