Jennifer Koh is recognized for 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 diversity and inclusivity in classical music. She has expanded the contemporary violin repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects, and premiered more than 70 works written especially for her. Koh’s series include The New American Concerto, which explores the form of the violin concerto and its potential for artistic engagement with contemporary societal concerns through commissions from a diverse collective of composers. This season, as part of the project, she gives the New York premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Trouble with The Knights at Miller Theatre at Columbia University, as well as the premieres of new concertos by Lisa Bielawa with the Orlando Philharmonic and Courtney Bryan with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Her other projects are Limitless (Cedille Records), which explores the relationship between composer and performer through duo works played by Koh and the composers themselves; Shared Madness, comprising shorts solo works commissioned from over 30 composers; and Bach and Beyond, which traces the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach to pieces by twentieth- and twenty-first century composers.
Named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, Koh has won the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has a B.A. in English from Oberlin College and studied at the Curtis Institute, where she worked extensively with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. She is an active lecturer, teacher, and recording artist, and is the 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.