Cello Faculty

Jonathan Koh

Cellist Jonathan Koh has established himself as one of the most exciting musical entrepreneurs and teachers of his generation. A passionate and dedicated teacher who is in extreme high demand, Jonathan’s students have won top prizes in numerous competitions and performed all over the globe. His students have also been featured in several radio and television shows throughout the United States and abroad and soloed with many professional orchestras.

Jonathan's students are first prize winners in the MTNA National Competition, the Individualis International Competition, the Mondavi National Young Artist Competition, the Oakland East-Bay Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Palo Alto Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. They are also prize winners in the Young Tchaikovsky International Competition, New York International Competition and semi-finalists of the Klein International Competition, the Stulberg International Competition and the Lennox International Competition.

Prior to relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Jonathan served as the primary teaching assistant to Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, with whom he has studied with for over a decade. As an undergraduate student, he also taught undergraduate cello courses at the university for non-music majors and was a teaching fellow at the National High School Music Institute. Immediately following his undergraduate studies, Jonathan joined the San Francisco Conservatory of Music pre-college faculty as its youngest faculty hire in school history. Soon after, Jonathan was appointed as a faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley. Jonathan’s teaching is continuously sought out by students, not only from all across the Bay Area, but from Southern California, neighboring West Coast states, the Midwest and Asia.

Jonathan’s extensive solo and chamber experience encompasses several tours throughout the Far East, Europe, and across his native United States. At age 20, Jonathan took a position as substitute member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra cello section. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has been led by and collaborated with esteemed artists – Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleischer, Carter Brey, Michael Tree, and Noah Bendix-Balgley to name a few. Jonathan has recorded under the NAXOS label as the principal cellist of the New Prospect Chamber Players.