Second prize and chamber music prize winner of the 2015 Michael Hill International Competition, violinist Eunae Koh enjoys a rapidly blossoming career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. Ms. Koh made her concerto debut at the age of 9 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and won numerous national competitions in her native South Korea. In 2010, she was awarded the Seongyong Park Special Prize at the Isang Yun International Competition. Soon after coming to the United States in 2013, she made her U.S. debut performing the Brahms Concerto in Jordan Hall with the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra as the school’s competition winner.
Ms. Koh has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras such as the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Colby Symphony Orchestra, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, New England Symphony Orchestra and Korean Chamber Orchestra. Prior to coming to the U.S, she also performed with the Yewon Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center, SungJung Philharmonic Orchestra, M4one Chamber Orchestra, and both orchestras of Seoul National University in Korea. Her performances were featured on the national radio, KBS Classic FM several times. She gave her first public recital at the age of 13 in Kumho Art Hall and was invited to return for another recital several years later.
Taking an interest in a variety of projects, she has performed and recorded several new works by Boston composers. She appears regularly with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Wellesley Chamber Players and New York Classical Players. A serious chamber musician, she participated in Yellow Barn Music Festival, Kneisel Chamber Music Festival and Flatirons Chamber Music Festival. She has performed in Rockport Chamber Music Festival and appeared at Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill recital hall. She has also performed with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and renowned musicians including Donald Weilserstein, Katherine Murdock, Victor Rosenbaum, Natasha Brofsky, Michael Kannen and Ayano Ninomiya. Bringing her chamber music interests back to Korea, she recently joined a new violin quartet of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the first of its kind. She is also an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative directed by Kim Kashkashian for local hunger relief.
As an orchestral leader, Ms. Koh currently serves as concertmaster of the Haffner Sinfonietta, a position she has held for four years. She has also served as concertmaster of the New England Symphony, Camerata Virtuosi, New England Conservatory’s self-conducted Chamber Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonic Orchestra and both orchestras of Seoul National University.
Ms. Koh received a Graduate Diploma and Master’s degree with the Abraham Skernick Memorial Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory where she was a teaching assistant of Donald Weilerstein. A recipient of the Robert Mann Endowed Scholarship, Ms. Koh is currently pursuing Doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music working with Mark Steinberg. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University. Her primarily mentors are Mark Steinberg, Donald Weilerstein and Young Uck Kim.