Violinist
Biography

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines and curates projects that find connections between music of all eras, from traditional to contemporary. She believes that all the arts and music of the past and present form a continuum and has premiered over 60 works written especially for her. Ms. Koh has been heard with leading orchestras worldwide, including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki Philharmonics; Cleveland, Mariinsky, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Philharmonia (London) Orchestras; and Atlanta, Baltimore, BBC, Chicago, Cincinnati, National, New World, NHK, RAI (Torino), and Singapore Symphonies. This season she returns to the Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville and Sydney Symphonies, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She also performs a new concerto by Christopher Cerrone, written for her Mixtape concerto commissioning project, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Through commissions from a diverse collective of composers, this multi-season project explores the form of the violin concerto and its potential for artistic engagement with contemporary societal concerns and issues. The project launched at the 2017 Ojai Music Festival with the premiere of Vijay Iyer’s concerto Trouble.This season, in addition to Mixtape, Ms. Koh launches Limitless, which celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer through duo commissions and contemporary works performed by Ms. Koh and the composers themselves. She also continues such projects as Shared Madness,comprising more than 30 short solo works that explore violin virtuosity in the 21stcentury; Bridge to Beethoven, a recital series with pianist Shai Wosner exploring the impact Beethoven has had on a diverse group of artists, pairing the composer’s sonatas for violin and piano with new works by composers Anthony Cheung, Vijay Iyer, and Andrew Norman; andBach and Beyond, which traces the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas to works by contemporary composers, including new commissions from John Harbison, Phil Kline, Missy Mazzoli, Kaija Saariaho, and video artist Tal Rosner. She continues all of these projects in recital during the 2017-18 season and also recently expanded Shared Madness with a web series on WQXR’s Q2 Music (q2music.org/sharedmadness), featuring her interviews with project composers. Ms. Koh’s discography for Cedille Records includes Tchaikovsky: Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra with the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Vedernikov; Bach & Beyond: Parts 1 & 2; Two x Four with her former teacher, violinist Jaime Laredo; Signs, Games + Messages with Mr. Wosner; Rhapsodic Musings: 21st Century Works for Solo Violin; the Grammy-nominated String Poetic; Portraits with the Grant Park Orchestra under conductor Carlos Kalmar with concerti by Bartók, Martinů, and Szymanowski; Violin Fantasies; and Solo Chaconnes. Born in Chicago of Korean parents, Ms. 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, and went on to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career

Grant. In 2016, she was Musical America’s“Instrumentalist of the Year.” She has a degree in English literature from Oberlin College and studied at the Curtis Institute, where she worked with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. She is Artistic Director of arco collaborative, an artist-driven nonprofit that fosters a better understanding of our world through a musical dialogue inspired by ideas and the communities around us. For further information, visit jenniferkoh.com.

September 2017

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