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Min-Jeong Koh Appointed RCM Program Development Leader (String Instruments)

Min-Jeong Koh Appointed RCM Program Development Leader (String Instruments)

Published on March 5, 2021

Min-Jeong Koh

The Royal Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Min-Jeong Koh as Program Development Leader (String Instruments). Dr. Koh will join the organization in September 2021.  

In this new position, Dr. Koh will work across multiple divisions of The Royal Conservatory, including The Glenn Gould School, The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, the Oscar Peterson School of Music (formerly the Royal Conservatory School), RCM Learning Systems and Examinations, and Publishing, to provide leadership in the creation of new programs and opportunities in teacher training and pedagogy. She will also serve as a member of the teaching faculty in violin and chamber music at The Glenn Gould School and The Taylor Academy. 

Notably, at The Glenn Gould School, Dr. Koh will guide the development of a new stream in the Artist Diploma Program that will provide training in performance and pedagogy, building on the Conservatory’s long history of exceptional training and curriculum development, to prepare exceptional young professional artists with the tools for multi-faceted careers. 

A dedicated educator, Dr. Koh is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma. She previously held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and has taught at institutions across North America including McGill University, San Diego State University, and The Banff Centre.  

I am proud to welcome Min – an alumna of our program – back to The Royal Conservatory. Since starting her training here as a young musician, she has gone on to great heights as a performer and teacher. I have no doubt that her star will continue to rise as she leads pedagogical innovation and change at The Conservatory.
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As first violinist of the Cecilia Quartet, she toured extensively in Canada and abroad in prestigious venues such as Koerner Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), The Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), The Konzerthaus (Berlin). Following a rapid series of successes including first prize at the Banff international String Quartet Competition, second prize at the Osaka International Music competition, and the Prix de la Sacem at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, she recorded multiple albums with the ensemble as part of an exclusive contract with ANALEKTA, the largest independent classical music production company in Canada. 

Committed to community engagement, Dr. Koh is passionate about the creative ways in which music can connect with underserved communities. She is co-founder of Xenia Concerts, an organization that offers music performances and educational programs for children on the autism spectrum, and HanVoice, an organization advocating to improve human rights in North Korea, in part, through a series of performances. She has also performed at homeless shelters, prisons, and hospitals, among her many community engagement performances. 

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, 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.  

The Cecilia Quartet has also served as a Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at The Glenn Gould School, and recorded their acclaimed debut album of music by Antonín Dvořák in Koerner Hall. 

Dr. Koh’s chamber music mentors include André Roy and members of the Brentano, Schoenberg, St. Lawrence, and Ying Quartets.  

Since 2009, she has played on a ca. 1767 Johannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, on loan from a generous benefactor. 

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