Jennifer Koh

Born 1976

Jennifer Koh



The American born of Korean parents violinist, Jennifer Koh, has firmly established herself as one of the rising stars among violinists. She began playing the violin when she was very young. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Oberlin College and went on to study at the Curtis Institute. While a student at Oberlin, Koh shared the silver medal at the 1994 Tchaikovsky International Competition. That same year she won the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in 1995 she was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Jennifer Koh took on the difficult challenge of performing the six J.S. Bach sonatas and partitas on the same recital program and she regularly plays difficult and not necessarily audience-friendly contemporary works like the Saariaho Graal Theatre violin concerto. Koh often performs great number of concerts as a soloist, chamber player, and recitalist in a broad range of repertoire. Her repertoire consists of mainstream works by Antonio Vivaldi, W.A. Mozart, L.v. Beethoven, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Ravel, and Prokofiev, and lesser known such as Max Reger, Szymanowski, Menotti, Ruggles, Carter, Lou Harrison, and Jennifer Higdon.

She 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. She is also committed to exploring connections in the works she performs, searching for similarities of voice among diverse composers and associations within the works of a single composer. Jennifer Koh is passionate in her efforts to expand the violin repertoire and has established relationships with many of today’s composers, regularly commissioning and premiering new works. She has recorded for: Cedille, Telarc, BIS, and other major labels. She brings the same sense of adventure and brilliant musicianship to her recordings as she does to her live performances.

Jennifer Koh has performed with leading orchestras and conductors around the world, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and so many more. She appears frequently at major music centers and festivals and she has collaborated with a great number of world-renowned musicians in concert.