The Cleveland Institute of Music introduced that it’ll award an honorary doctorate to Korean-American violinist Jennifer Koh at its 97th Graduation Ceremony on Could 14. Alongside receiving the diploma, she would be the occasion’s keynote speaker and can carry out on the Institute’s Luminaries Profit Live performance.
Born in Illinois, Koh studied on the Oberlin Conservatory and the Curtis Institute. She positioned first on the 1994 Tchaikovsky competitors and obtained an Avery Fisher Profession Grant the following 12 months. She has carried out with most of the main American orchestras, in addition to these abroad.
Koh is especially famend for her championing of latest music: in complete, greater than 100 new items have been written for her, together with works by Kaija Saariaho and Missy Mazzoli.
“It could be arduous to think about a extra worthy candidate for our honorary doctorate than Jennifer Koh,” mentioned CIM President & CEO Paul W. Hogle. “Between her fierce advocacy for brand spanking new music and probing performances of Bach and Beethoven, Koh exemplifies the distinctive ardour, perception and open-mindedness each working musician in the present day must succeed.
“On the identical time, Koh additionally seems to be out for others, preventing to ensure distinguished locations in classical music for artists of shade and utilizing her platform to raise musicians and tales which have been beforehand neglected,” Hogle added.
“These are priorities shared by the CIM group, and so it’s becoming to bestow our highest honor on her. We eagerly look ahead to welcoming Koh to CIM and listening to her recommendation for our 2022 graduates.”