Danny Koo

New England Conservatory, Freelance Violinist, Classical Music Activist

Described as “unstinting in energetic projection every step of the way” (Calgary Herald), violinist Danny Koo has carved out a distinctive professional profile as a chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist in appearances throughout the world.

Upcoming performances until January 2019 include recitals at Snape Maltings (UK), Mazzoleni Hall (Canada), COC Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre (Canada), 10 city-tour of South Korea with Bach’s A minor Concerto, duo recitals with double bassist, Minje Sung and violinist, Stefan Jackiw. Arvo Part ‘Tabula Rasa’ with Toronto’s 21c festival.

An avid and sought-after chamber musician, Danny has most recently collaborated with Kim Kashkashian, Jaime Laredo, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz, Clive Greensmith, Soovin Kim, Lluis Claret, Joseph Kalichstein, Barry Shiffman, Vivian and Donald Weilerstein. He regularly performs with leading ensembles including ECCO, DITTO, Kafka Quartet, Music Street, Wellesley Chamber Players, duo Punch, Constantia, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble. In addition, Danny has been participated in a number of high-profile music festivals, including the Transatlantic Encounters at Snape Maltings, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Summerfest at La Jolla, Perlman Chamber Music Program, and Banff Chamber Music Program. He has also presented acclaimed recitals in the US such at the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Fanneuil Hall, and Old South Meeting Place.

An outgoing and engaging personality, Danny is well-known media personality and has been profiled on Korean television media such as JTBC “Classic Today,” Mnet “Classic Dominant,” Arirang “Heart to Heart,” and in print media, Marie Claire Korea, and was Playbill’s Choice in Scene Playbill Magazine. He has also garnered worldwide attention as a speaker, giving lectures in Korea sponsored by Lotte and the COEX Starfield Library. Most recently, Danny shared his artistry and commentary at a TEDxBeaconStreet conference, held at the historic Fenway Park.

Music education is a priority for Danny; he has taught at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, and leads Toronto’s Academy Chamber Orchestra alongside Barry Shiffman at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In Korea, he has also been featured with Korea’s “Sesame Street” equivalent, the character “Pinkfong” to educate and excite the youngest generation of our world about the impact of music.

A strong believer in creating a tangible change in the world through the arts, Danny was a regular participant of Kim Kashkashian’s “Music for Food”, a community project in which musicians volunteer their performances, and audience donations go to a local food pantry. He has done this since its inception, serving as a coordinator for the (organizing performers to share their music with the wonderful ladies at the shelter) Women’s Lunch Place Concert Series for five years. In addition, he is a proud representative of OXFAM Korea.

Danny’s personal interests include taking long walks, drinking tea, listening to jazz (dreams of jamming with Bill Evans) loves food and is in search of the perfect Bibimbap. (His love for Asian cuisine forces his regular appearance at the gym.)

Born in Chicago in 1991, Danny is currently a Rebanks Fellow at the Royal Conseratory of Music under the direction of Barry Shiffman. Danny holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, and Malcolm Lowe. He plays on a violin made in Naples by Vincenzo Postiglione in 1901.

Danny is represented in Korea by Credia International (크레디아 인터내셔널).