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, 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.
A passionate educator, she is on faculty at The Glenn Gould School and The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory where she teaches violin, chamber music, and pedagogy. Notably, at The Glenn Gould School, Ms. Koh is guiding the development of a new stream in the Artist Diploma Program that will provide training in performance and pedagogy, to prepare exceptional young professional artists with the tools for multi-faceted careers. Previously, she has served as Associate Professor of Violin at University of Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, along with teaching posts at McGill University, 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, The Banff Centre, Chamber Music at Port Milford, Innsbrook Institute in Missouri, Madeline Island Chamber Music, and Austin Chamber Music Center.
Committed to community engagement, Ms. 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. 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, pedagogy with Mimi Zweig, and postdoctoral studies with Donald Weilerstein, which were made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts. Her chamber music mentors include André Roy and members of the Brentano, Schoenberg, St. Lawrence, and Ying Quartets.
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.