Musical America Announces 2016 Artists of the Year

10.15.15
Jennifer Koh
Musical America

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: JENNIFER KOH

Jennifer Koh's parents had her learn a bit of everything: ballet, gymnastics, skating, swimming, and music, and they took her regularly to the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera. She began studying violin at age 3 and developed an interest in the new and unusual. She studied with Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute and Felix Galimir at Marlboro. A silver medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant led to her trademark tapestries of new and old. This season she will play the Beethoven Violin Sonatas, partnered by Shai Wosner, paired with newly commissioned companion works by Anthony Cheung, Andrew Norman, Jörg Widmann, and the jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. In 2012 she appeared as Einstein in a touring production of Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach that will lead to further collaborations with Glass and the director Robert Wilson, scheduled for 2016 and 2017. She records for Cedille Records.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: YANNICK NEZET-SEGUIN
COMPOSER OF THE YEAR: TOD MACHOVER
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: MARK PADMORE
ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR: BMOP 

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