Eunae Koh

SPCO Musician

Award-winning violinist Eunae Koh enjoys an established career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Since 2019, she has been an active member of the Grammy Award-winning Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, where she regularly performs as a featured soloist, most notably leading performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, B minor Concerto, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Besides performing, she serves on the Artistic Vision Committee, shaping the orchestra's season programming, and as one of the first Creative Leads, she curated "Romantic Landscapes with Eunae Koh," a chamber music program lauded for its programming and emotional depth by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. During the summers, Eunae serves on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Music Festival’s Young Artists Program.

Originally from South Korea, Eunae made her concerto debut at just 9 years old 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 artistry has garnered attention from major media including ArteTV, KBS Classic FM Korea Times, New Zealand Herald, WCRB and Star Tribune.

Prior to SPCO, Eunae led the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster for four years, and as guest concertmaster of the New York Classical Players and the Symphony in C, leading the Beethoven Project with acclaimed pianist HaeSun Paik and a performance at Carnegie Hall. In addition, she collaborated with renowned artists such as Anne-Marie McDermott, Donald Weilerstein, Steven Mackey and Anthony Marwood and performed with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

Eunae earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Mark Steinberg. Her dissertation, "The Violin Poème as Hybrid Genre," delves into the violin repertoire, exploring works by Ysaÿe, Chausson, and Bloch. She obtained a Masters of Music and Graduate Diploma with the Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory and a Bachelors of Music from Seoul National University. During this time, she taught undergraduate and graduate students as a teaching assistant of Donald Weilerstein and Young Uck Kim.