Eunae Koh

SPCO Musician

Award-winning violinist Eunae Koh enjoys an established career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. As an active member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2019, Eunae displays her artistry through various outlets. A regular featured soloist, she led the orchestra in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. As one of the first Creative Leads, she curated a complete chamber music program, “Romantic Landscapes with Eunae Koh,” featuring forgotten women composers of the 19th century, which was praised for its programming chops and emotional subtleties in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. She currently serves on SPCO’s Artistic Vision Committee to help shape and influence the season programming. During the summers, she serves on the faculty at Yellow Barn Music Festival’s Young Artists Program, where she coaches chamber music, teaches private lessons, and assists the administration. From South Korea, Eunae made her concerto debut at the age of 9 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and won numerous national competitions. After taking the Special Prize at the Isang Yun International Competition in 2011, she started to appear more internationally. 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. Her performance of the same concerto at the Michael Hill International Competition was acclaimed for its “beauty, bending the world to its will,” culminating in Second Prize and Chamber Music Prize awards. Besides the United States, Eunae performed in many countries including Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Korea. She appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Symphony Orchestra, Colby Symphony Orchestra and Korean Chamber Orchestra. Her performances were featured in major media including ArteTV, KBS Classic FM, Korea Times in Korea, WCRB in Boston, Star Tribune in Minnesota and many others. Eunae led the Haffner Sinfonietta as concertmaster for four years in Boston. She also appeared as guest concertmaster of both the New York Classical Players and the Symphony in C, leading the Beethoven Project with acclaimed pianist HaeSun Paik and the Carnegie Hall performance, respectively. In addition, she collaborated with renowned artists such as Donald Weilerstein, Steven Mackey, Anthony Marwood and performed with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry and Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Studying with Mark Steinberg, Eunae recently earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Manhatton School of Music. Her dissertation “The Violin Poème as Hybrid Genre” examines one of the most popular genres in violin repertoire, Poème, exploring three different works by Ysaÿe, Chausson and Bloch. She earned a Masters of Music and Graduate Diploma with the Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory and a Bachelors of Music from the Seoul National University. During this time, she taught undergraduate and graduate students as a teaching assistant of Donald Weilerstein and Young Uck Kim.