Jennifer Koh

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Jennifer Koh
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Background information
Born1976 (age 46–47)
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Jennifer Koh (born 1976) is an American violinist, born to Korean parents in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Koh earned a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College, as well as a Performance Diploma from the attached Oberlin Conservatory. She is also a graduate of the Curtis Institute and was the top medalist in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition. That year she also won a scholarship from the Concert Artists Guild. She received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1995.[3]

Koh has performed extensively with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic,[4] New York Philharmonic,[5] Czech Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra and is an advocate of music education for children.

She is lauded for her programs of Bach.[6] She performed and recorded a series "Bach and Beyond" which has received high critical praise.[7] She frequently premieres and records contemporary music of composers like Kaija Saariaho, John Zorn, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.[8]

In 2012, Koh was a featured performer in the revival of the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach, portraying the role of Einstein.[9] Koh is a faculty member at the Mannes School of Music.


Year Recording Details Label
2021 Bach & Beyond Part III Cedille Records
2018 Saariaho X Koh Cedille Records
2016 Tchaikovsky: Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra Cedille Records
2015 Bach & Beyond Part II Cedille Records
2014 Two X Four Cedille Records
2013 "Signs, Games and Messages" Cedille Records[10]
2012 "Bach and Beyond I" Cedille Records[10]
2009 "Rhapsodic Musings" Cedille Records[10]
2006 Schumann: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano Cedille Records[10]

Jennifer Koh: Portraits

Cedille Records[10]


Chandos Records

"String Poetic" (Grammy Nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance)

Cedille Records[10]

Jennifer Koh: Violin Fantasies

Cedille Records[10]

Jennifer Koh: Solo Chaconnes

Cedille Records[10]

Klami - Whirls, Act 1

BIS Records

Further reading[edit]

  • Kozinn, Allan (October 25, 2011). "Scaling Bach's Mountains With Stamina and Skill". The New York Times.


  1. ^ Burlingame, Burl (2007-04-16). "Violin, virtuoso, Koh". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  2. ^ "Violinist Jennifer Koh: Championing a new concerto for our times". Rutland Herald. 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  3. ^ Fisher, Avery. "Lincoln Center". Lincoln Center.
  4. ^ Swed, Mark. "Botstein has last laugh with L.A. Phil at the Bowl". LA Times.
  5. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (25 January 2013). "A Conductor's Adventurous and Reserved Sides". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Kozinn, Allan (25 October 2011). "Scaling Bach's Mountains With Stamina and Skill". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Vernier, David. "Koh's captivating craft". classics today.
  8. ^ Smith, Steve (18 January 2013). "A Fast Start, but No Race to the Future". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Opus Review review of Einstein on the Beach, June 9, 2012
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Ginsburg, Jim. "Discography". Cedille Records.

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