Praised for her “extreme versatility” and “simply unbeatable beauty of tone” (Berliner Zeitung), Min-Jeong Koh maintains a busy schedule as concert violinist, violist, and educator. As first violinist of the Cecilia String Quartet, Ms. Koh won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, 2nd Prize at the Osaka International Music Competition, and the Prix de la Sacem at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition. Their latest recording was chosen as Gramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice”, “Top 10 Mendelssohn Recordings” and was nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Classical Album. With the ensemble, Ms. Koh has performed across Europe, Asia, and North America at such celebrated stages as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Beethoven-haus, Prague’s Rudolfinum, Library of Congress, La Jolla Music Society, Stanford Live, Music Toronto, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, among others. Ms. Koh’s performances and recordings can be heard on BBC Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, DeutschlandRadio, New York City’s WQXR, Public Radio International throughout the United States, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She has performed with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Angela Cheng, Michael Tree, and Danilo Perez.
A passionate educator, she is currently Associate Professor of Violin at University of Oklahoma’s School of Music. Previously, she has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, along with teaching posts at McGill University, Royal Conservatory of Music, San Diego State University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. A sought-after teacher, she has been invited as faculty to the Indiana University Summer String Academy, Banff Centre, Innsbrook Institute in Missouri, Madeline Island Chamber Music, and Austin Chamber Music Center.
In addition, she is passionate about the entrepreneurial ways music can serve communities and those in need. Among her projects, she is co-founder of Xenia Concerts, a series dedicated to presenting concerts designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum, and concerts for Hanvoice, a series of performances to benefit North Korean refugees. She also performed at the San Francisco Women’s Jail, California School for the Blind, Monarch School for Homeless Youths, and Reflections Community School for at-risk youth.
Min-Jeong Koh studied with Hyung-Sun Paik before joining The Taylor Academy (formerly the Young Artists Performance Academy) to study with Mayumi Seiler. She received her Bachelor of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto under the guidance of Scott St. John, Lorand Fenyves, and Erika Raum, Lucy Chapman at New England Conservatory, pedagogy with Mimi Zweig, and postdoctoral studies with Donald Weilerstein, which were made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts. She also holds a Master of Music from San Diego University, and a Graduate Diploma from McGill University where the Cecilia String Quartet was Quartet-in-Residence. Her chamber music mentors include André Roy and members of the Brentano, Schoenberg, St. Lawrence, and Ying Quartets.
Since 2009, she plays on a ca.1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin on loan from a generous benefactor.