Praised for her “extreme versatility” and “simply unbeatable beauty of tone” (Berliner Zeitung), Min-Jeong Koh maintains a busy schedule as a concert violinist and as an educator. As a member of the Cecilia String Quartet, First prizewinners of the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition and prize winners of the 2010 Bordeaux and 2008 Osaka International String Quartet Competitions, she has toured widely with the ensemble in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Beethoven-haus, Music Toronto, La Jolla Music Society, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, among others.
A passionate educator, she has previously enjoyed residencies at McGill University, Royal Conservatory of Music, San Diego State University, as well as teaching posts at Austin Chamber Music Center, Indiana University Summer String Academy, Innsbrook Institute, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Toronto. She has also given master classes at Algoma Conservatory, Brandon University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Memorial University, Iowa State University, Southern Oregon University, Victoria Conservatory, and American University of Sharjah. She has also performed for school-aged children in Canada, the US, France, Italy, and Spain, and in non-traditional settings such as San Francisco County Jail, Monarch School for Homeless Youth, and California Institute for the Blind, among others.
Ms. Koh holds a Bachelor of Music and a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from University of Toronto and a Masters of Music Degree from San Diego State University. She has also studied at McGill University and at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her main teachers include Hyung Sun Paik, Scott St. John, Erika Raum, and the late Lorand Fenyves. In addition, she has pursued post-doctoral studies with Donald Weilerstein, which was assisted by Canada Council for the Arts.
Ms. Koh is a proud co-founder of Xenia Concerts, series dedicated to families living with autism, and co-curator of Hanvoice Concerts, a Canadian-based human rights organization which assists North Korean refugees.
Through the generosity of a private benefactor, Ms. Koh performs exclusively on a ca. 1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin.
Pianist Bo-Yon Koh enjoys a versatile career as a musician, educator, and researcher. As a soloist, she has appeared with the National Academy Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she is the recital partner to the violinist Min-Jeong Koh, and has collaborated with many other internationally recognized artists such as the violinist Conrad Chow, violist Richard Yongjae O’neill, cellist Liza McLellan, and the members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Koh is passionate about pedagogy, the arts and science of teaching, and strongly believes in the value of facilitating student-centered learning in her lessons. A certified Solution-Focused Coach, Dr. Koh takes every opportunity to empower her students to become independent learners, equipping them with tools to regulate their learning when they are on their own. Her innovative approach has been presented at conferences in both music and counseling disciplines, such as the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy and the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Conference.
Dr. Koh holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Toronto, Master of Music degree from Boston University, and a performance diploma from the Glenn Gould School.