Praised for her “radiant” and “expressive” performances (The New York Times), cellist Karen Ouzounian is a winner of the S&R Foundation's 2016 Washington Award and at home in diverse musical settings. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, which was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and was the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its 2017-18 season. Its debut album, Blueprinting, was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2018. Her commitment to adventurous repertoire and the collaborative process has led to her membership in the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry, and the critically-acclaimed new music collective counter)induction. She has performed internationally with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Knights, as soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic and Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, on tour with Musicians from Marlboro, and in recital at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Born to Armenian parents in Toronto, Karen holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Timothy Eddy.