Violinist Jennifer Koh to Perform with New York Philharmonic, 1/24-26
Mike Telin of ClevelandClassical.com described Ms. Koh's Oberlin performance as "mesmerizing": "Throughout the work it was clear that Koh understands that "Ad Libitum" is not a synonym for "free-for-all" as she paid close attention to the work's harmonic and rhythmic structure, easily handling the many difficult technical demands the piece threw at her."
Championing a contemporary violin work is in character for Ms. Koh. Her efforts to expand the violin repertoire have resulted in established relationships with many of today's composers, and she regularly commissions and premieres new works. In addition to premiering Anna Clyne's double violin concerto and Phil Kline's Partita for solo violin this season, Ms. Koh performed David Ludwig's double violin concerto in June 2012. She is the only violinist other than Lorin Maazel to perform his violin concerto, which she performed with Mr. Maazel conducting at the 2011 Castleton Festival.
In October Ms. Koh released the first of three recordings for Cedille Records based on her inventive solo violin recital project called Bach and Beyond that explores the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach's six Sonatas and Partitas to modern day composers, including newly commissioned works. The works on Bach & Beyond Part 1 include Bach's Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006, Eugène Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 27, Kaija Saariaho's Nocturne, Missy Mazzoli's Dissolve, O My Heart - a world premiere recording - and Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004. The album was recently named one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 by The New York Times.