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Next Festival of Emerging Artists

at Music Mountain June 3
by Stephen Kaye
Tue May 23rd, 2017

Jennifer Koh

Violinist Jennifer Koh is the star performer at the Next Festival of Emerging Artists concert on Saturday, June 3 at Music Mountain’s Gordon Hall.  She will be performing works by emerging composers Caroline Shaw and Anna Clyne, two woman composers who are making waves in the music world.  

Koh, of Korean heritage, was born in Chicago. She studied at Oberlin College and Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In a recent interview with Bruce Duffie she said: “I think there’s something very intimate with doing a recital because you have the artistic freedom to create an entire evening of music, for an hour and a half or however long you want to make your recital program.  You can create an arch in the program.”

Jennifer Koh is the winner of Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year for 2016. Her album Rhapsodic Musings: 21st century works for solo violin has garnered exception praise. Classic Recordings rated the album 10/10, the highest possible rating.

The concert at Music Mountain starts at 7 pm. This benefit concert is free yet donations are welcome—proceeds go to the David P. Hunt Library.

Peter Askim, the director of the festival, explained that the festival brings young musicians to Music Mountain for a week in early June where they are mentored by well-known performers. Jenifer Koh is one of the most popular and well-regarded violinists performing today. Askim will be introducing the students to music by living composers who will be performing new works both at Music Mountain on Saturday and at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 4 pm on Sunday.  Other works on the program are by Ted Hearne, Brett Dean and Peter Askim.

Jennifer Koh will be premiering work by Vijay Iyer at the Ojai Festival later in June, and again at the Tanglewood Music Fest. A short video on how she prepares for performance appears below.