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Daisy Ou - Piano

Biography

Praised as a “sensitive and virtuosic musician” with “exceptional talent” by The Daily Telegraph, Sydney-born pianist Daisy Ou has performed throughout Australia, the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. She studies with Senior Professor Joan Havill at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a Guildhall Trust Scholar, after being admitted directly into BMus2 (Hons). She received grants to study abroad from The Sidney Perry Foundation, The Youth Music Foundation of Australia Inc. and The Zetland Foundation. Her previous teachers have included Margaret Hair and Natalia Sheludiakova.

In 2020, she was invited to play with Lincoln Center Stage as part of a piano quintet on board Holland America Liner in partnership with RWS Entertainment Group NYC. In 2021, she will be performing/acting in The Bridge Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN as the character of Frida Foldal who comes to realise her potential as a pianist and leaves home to pursue her dreams. Notable cast members include Sir Simon Beale and Sinead Cusack, and the production will be directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.

During the pandemic in 2020, Daisy was the Artistic Director of a Christmas Soireé Fundraiser which sought to restart live concerts within the Arts Sector. Sponsored by The Youth Music Foundation of Australia Inc. and The Zetland Foundation, the concert was held in Elizabeth Bay Sydney and consisted of solo and chamber music performed by returning overseas-trained musicians from UK and USA. On top of the attendance of live audience members, the concert was also live-streamed globally, therefore extending the concert platform to a new medium.

Daisy has performed in venues such as Milton Court Concert Hall and The Barbican Hall in UK; Lenfest Hall, Gould Rehearsal Hall, Avram Theatre and Field Concert Hall in USA; Kulturalzentrum in Germany, as well as the Verbrugghen Hall and City Town Hall in Sydney.

Daisy has been supported by the Kathleen Holmes McCrae Pianoforte Scholarship and PPCA Performer’s Trust Foundation. In 2018, she was invited to perform a recital engagement to premiere Australia’s first Steinway & Sons Heliconia designed by the French crystal maker Lalique. Daisy was a winner of the ZONTA International Young Performer’s Award and a finalist in the 2MBS FM Young Virtuoso Award.

She has received fully-funded fellowships to PianoSummer New Paltz, Kawai International Piano Masterclass Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Young Artist Summerfest at The Curtis Institute of Music, Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and Internationale Sommerklavier Fest in Germany. Daisy has also performed in masterclasses with Robert McDonald, John Perry, Paul Roberts, Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia and Nelita True.

Daisy is an avid chamber musician participating in numerous chamber programs such as AMPA Advanced Chamber Festival, AYO Chamber Series and ‘Rising Stars’ Chamber Music program. She has also broadcasted multiple programs on radio station Fine Music 102.5.

At the age of three, she first began learning the piano with her mother who studied at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Germany. Daisy is proud to be a Talent Unlimited Artist.

submission April 2021