Jennifer Koh, violin

The New York Philharmonic

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Jennifer Koh
Jennifer Koh is recognized for 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. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, Ms. Koh has performed with leading orchestras worldwide and appears frequently at major music centers and festivals as a prolific recitalist. This season, she makes debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony and RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Italy, and returns to the Buffalo Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, and Deutsche Radiophilharmonie. She performs Anna Clyne’s violin concerto, composed for her, with the Cincinnati Symphony, Princeton Symphony, and the BBC Philharmonic (in its U.K. premiere). She also partners with pianist Shai Wosner in Bridge to Beethoven, a recital series that explores the impact Beethoven has had on a diverse group of composers and musicians by pairing Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas with new works by Anthony Cheung, Vijay Iyer, and Andrew Norman. A major highlight of Jennifer Koh’s season is the launch of Shared Madness, her project as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL that presents World Premieres of short works for solo violin by more than 30 of today’s most celebrated composers who have generously gifted their music for the project. Ms. Koh regularly records for the Cedille label. Her recent albums include Bach and Beyond Part 1 and Bach and Beyond Part 2, based on her recital series of the same name; Two x Four, an album of double violin concertos with Jaime Laredo and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble; Signs, Games + Messages with Mr. Wosner; and Grammy-nominated String Poetic with pianist Reiko Uchida. Born in Chicago of Korean parents, Jennifer Koh made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has a bachelor of arts in English literature from Oberlin College and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. She is founder and artistic director of MusicBridge, a non-profit organization promoting collaborations among artists of diverse disciplines and styles. Ms. Koh made her Philharmonic debut in July 2006 on the Concerts in the Parks, conducted by Xian Zhang, and she most recently appeared on a subscription program for Lutosławski’s Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra led by Lorin Maazel in January 2013.
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