Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge.
Since the 1994-95 season when she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Koh has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors around the world, including the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle Symphony, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and other orchestras worldwide.
Born in Chicago of Korean parents, Koh began playing the violin by chance, choosing the instrument in a Suzuki-method program only because spaces for cello and piano had been filled. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Oberlin College, and went on to study at the Curtis Institute, where she worked extensively with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. Koh is on the string faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
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