The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, led by David Amado, features dazzling violinist Jennifer Koh in an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms. Known for her intense and commanding performances, Koh joins the Delaware Symphony Orchestra on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, one of the greatest violin concertos of all time and his last major orchestral work.
Jennifer Koh, violin
Recognized for her intense, commanding performances, violinist Jennifer Koh performs with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. She believes that all the arts and music of the past and present form a continuum and has premiered more than 60 works written especially for her.
Koh has performed with leading orchestras worldwide. This season she performs a new concerto written for her by Christopher Cerrone and launches Limitless, which celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer through duo commissions and contemporary works.
Koh also continues her many existing projects, which include solo works, recital series, and commissions for new music. Koh is the artistic director of arco collaborative, an artist-driven nonprofit that fosters a better understanding of our world through a musical dialogue inspired by ideas and the communities around us.
Koh began playing the violin by chance, but made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11, and went on to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2016, she was named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year.
David Amado, DSO Music Director and Conductor
The DSO music director since 2003, David Amado leads the DSO with musical excellence, connecting with audiences through fine musicianship and energetic performances. Dedicated to musical enrichment, Amado continues his tradition of popular pre-concert talks, and he also teaches and coaches young conductors at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine. In addition to his Delaware post, Amado was also named Music Director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida in April 2016. His national and international conducting appearances have brought increasing recognition to the DSO, and in Delaware he received the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts.