This spring semester, Duke Performances is hosting renowned violinist Jennifer Koh for two visits.
Koh will be performing her Bridge to Beethoven project with pianist Shai Wosner on Duke Performances’ Chamber Arts Series on Saturday, January 30 at the Baldwin Auditorium (more details here), preceded by residency on campus and in the community Wed, Jan. 27 through Fri, Jan. 29. She’ll return to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto as a featured guest with the Duke Symphony Orchestra on Wed, Mar. 2, preceded by residency Mon, Feb. 29 and Tue, Mar. 1.
While in Durham, Ms. Koh will lead a workshop for the Kidznotes students and share her experience as a professional violinist. She will engage with the children of Kidznotes from 4-5PM on Thursday, January 28, at the Holton Career & Resource Center in Durham, 401 N Driver St, Durham, NC 27703.
This promises to be an inspiring event for the children and great opportunity for partnership between Duke Performances and Kidznotes. Media are welcome.
For Information and Interviews Please Contact:
Katie Wyatt, Executive Director of Kidznotes
KWyatt@Kidznotes.org or 919 451 0077
About Duke Performances
Duke Performances, the professional performing arts presenting organization at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is committed to presenting willfully eclectic, forward-thinking performing arts of the highest quality. Through superb performances, outstanding visiting artist residencies, and the development and commissioning of exciting new work, Duke Performances is forging a culture that vigorously supports performance and encourages meaningful engagement with the Duke campus and Durham community. Annually, Duke Performances offers a robust season of 60-70 world-class performances, making extensive use of a network of Duke and Durham venues, and presenting artists spanning classical, new music, jazz, Americana, independent rock, international music, theater, and dance.
Our program is based on the El Sistema model of youth orchestras, which started in Venezuela and has now spread worldwide. We provide 10 hours of music instruction a week free of charge to all participants. Currently our students range in grades from K-7th. Our vision is to be a catalyst for change that uses music to build a thriving network of children, families and partners in which the passion for music unleashes the human potential to transform lives and communities. The foundation of our vision is our commitment to embrace and value diversity, excellence and collaboration in our daily lives.
About Jennifer Koh
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. For her forward-thinking approach to classical music, presenting a broad and eclectic range of repertoire and fostering multidisciplinary collaborations with artists of all types and styles, Ms. Koh has been named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year. During the 2015-16 season, Ms. Koh partners with pianist Shai Wosner for Bridge to Beethoven, a recital series that explores the impact Beethoven has had on a culturally diverse group of composers and musicians. From 2012-2014, Ms. Koh played the solo violin role of Einstein in Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s new production of Einstein on the Beach. In 2018, Ms. Koh will present a recital, staged by Mr. Wilson, of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.
Since the 1994-95 season when she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Koh has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. Abroad, she has appeared with the BBC London Symphony, the Brandenburg Ensemble, Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Moscow Radio Symphony, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra where she performed the Russian premiere of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto conducted by Valerie Gergiev.
Born in Chicago, Ms. Koh began playing the violin by chance, choosing the instrument in a Suzuki-method program only because spaces for cello and piano had been filled. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. In a shift of disciplines, Ms. Koh earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Oberlin College before studying at the Curtis Institute. Ms. Koh is on the string faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. A committed educator, Ms. Koh has won high praise for her performances in classrooms around the country under her innovative “Music Messenger” outreach program.