Celebrated for his great 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, Mr. Østerlind’s qualities have been recognized with many awards. Of particular note are his achievements as First Prize winner of the Danish String Soloist Competition, and as a top prizewinner in Sweden's prestigious Ljunggrenska Competition.

Mr. Østerlind appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Piatigorsky Cello Festival, Verbier Festival, Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival and Bergen Festspillene. As a soloist he performed in front of 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, 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.

Mr. Østerlind worked as a solo cellist in Ensemble MidtVest and the Danish Chamber Players, and as a principal cellist in Copenhagen Philharmonic, Helsingborg and Faroe Islands Symphony Orchestras. He is a member of Ensemble Mutatis, Northern Lights Ensemble and the Sheridan Piano Trio, which in the coming season will perform Martinu´s Triple Concerto with the New York Classical Players in New York City.

Carl-Oscar 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.

Mr. Østerlind currently plays a 1703 Giovanni Grancino cello, on generous loan from the Augustinus Foundation.