Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Catherine Y. Koh

Hailing from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she studied with Irina Kovalsky for eight years, violinist Catherine Koh currently performs in Musica Bella, several chamber ensembles, an alternative rock/folk band, and the Manhattan Children’s Theater. Before leaving for the East Coast, she served as concertmaster, principal, and soloist throughout Europe with various youth orchestras; studied and performed at Interlochen, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Summit Music Festival; and won first prize in the 1993 MASTA solo competition. While at Yale University, she continued her musical studies, giving solo recitals, performing with her quartet, and thoroughly enjoying four enriching years with the Yale Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal violinist. The YSO toured South Korea in 1997 and gave memorable performances at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Riverside Church. During her studies at the University of Michigan Law School, she served as principal violinist of the University of Michigan undergraduate symphony. In 2001 she performed with the Orquesta Académica del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where she was also writing a thesis on comparative human rights, clerking in the Supreme Court, and working in the Ministry of Economy. Since her move to New York City in 2002, she has been continually striving to maintain some semblance of violin technique [Editor’s note: We feel that she has maintained a VERY good semblance indeed], and is grateful for organizations like Musica Bella for providing an ideal community to share and create musical ideas. She is a lawyer at Clifford Chance.

Musica Bella concerts: February 29, 2004; May 2, 2004; October 24, 2004; January 30, 2005; March 13, 2005; December 1, 2007; December 2, 2007

This bio last updated September 28, 2004