Violinist Jennifer Koh, expanding opportunities for composers

Posted on: March 15, 2018

“ ‘That was good,’ ” the violinist Jennifer Koh told the soprano and composer Lisa Bielawa during a recent rehearsal,” writes Joshua Barone in Wednesday’s (3/14) New York Times. “They were … practicing Ms. Bielawa’s ‘Sanctuary Songs,’ which the two will perform together at National Sawdust this month as part of ‘Limitless,’ Ms. Koh’s latest project to commission new music from a diverse slate of composers—who, in a new twist, will be onstage playing with her…. Ms. Koh has made a career of working with composers. She tirelessly advocates for new music and has a nonprofit, Arco Collaborative, to commission works from composers she carefully researches by studying scores and flying around the world to hear premieres. Her previous projects … have explored connections between living composers and canonical giants’… ‘Limitless’ is about the tradition of composers working directly with musicians.… The program for ‘Limitless’—with works by nine composers including Missy Mazzoli, Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey—looks like a manifesto for inclusivity: women, people of color and musicians who are not your typical classical artists.” Jennifer Koh will perform and deliver an address at the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 National Conference in Chicago. Learn more here

Posted March 15, 2018