Jennifer Koh, violin
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. A forward-thinking artist, she is dedicated to exploring a broad and eclectic repertoire, while promoting equity and inclusivity in classical music. She has expanded the contemporary violin repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects, and has premiered more than 100 works written especially for her. Her quest for new and unusual, sense of endless curiosity, and ability to lead and inspire a host of multidisciplinary collaborators, truly set her apart. Koh’s latest series include Alone Together, a commissioning project and performance series in support of composers during the coronavirus crisis; The New American Concerto, which invites a diverse collective of composers to examine socio-cultural topics relevant to American life today through the form of the violin concerto; and Limitless, which explores the relationship between composer and performer through duo works played by Koh and the composers themselves. Koh has appeared with orchestras worldwide, among them the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; Cleveland, Mariinsky, and Minnesota, Philadelphia orchestras; and Atlanta, Baltimore, BBC, Chicago, Cincinnati, National, New World, NHK, and Singapore symphonies. Named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, she has won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also an active lecturer, teacher, and recording artist for Cedille Records; and Artistic Director and Founder of the non-profit arco collaborative.