Cellist Jung-Hsuan Ko was recently the first prize winner of the 2015 Eastern Connecticut
Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition, in which The Day Publishing Company
praised “her command of timbre and her rich, resonant sound proved her to be a natural
soloist” for Shostakovich’s E-flat Major Concerto. Additional recognitions include top honors
in the 2014 International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, the 2013 LISMA
International Music Competition in New York and the Crescendo Music Awards in
Oklahoma. In 2011, she also performed Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Queens Symphony
Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos, as the winner of the Queens
Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.
Ms. Ko’s performances have taken her to renowned venues such as Boston Symphony Hall,
Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Suntory Hall in Japan, Music and
Congress Centre in Lübeck, Germany and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She was
invited to a variety of international festivals, including the Verbier Festival Orchestra in
Switzerland, Kronberg Cello Masterclasses in Germany, Fontainebleau Music Festival in
France, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, Pacific Music Festival in Japan,
New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West
and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. Ko has served as co-principal cellist with the
New England Conservatory Philharmonia Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Manhattan
School of Music Symphony Orchestra, and at other numerous festival orchestras.
Also an enthusiast for chamber music, Ms. Ko has performed in the Juilliard School’s
Chamber Music Festival and “Wednesdays at One” series at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln
Center. She frequently participates in ensemble projects, collaborates with musicians from
the New Asia Chamber Music Society, and gives performances in venues include Carnegie
Zankel Hall and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. In 2015, She was invited
to perform a Beethoven String Quartet for one of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s
pre-concert events. Her chamber music development has been cultivated by world renowned
musicians Joseph Kalichstein, Laurence Lesser, Seymour Lipkin, Samuel Rhodes, Sylvia
Rosenberg, and members of the American String Quartet and the Borromeo String Quartet.
Ms. Ko has also participated in masterclasses with Glenn Dicterow, Robert Mann, Peter
Wiley, and members of the Takács Quartet.
Born in Taiwan, Jung-Hsuan began playing the cello at the age of eight, and shortly thereafter
won top prizes in the Baroque Cello Competition, Hsing-Tien Kung National Competition,
and National cello competition in Taiwan. Ms. Ko received her Bachelor of Music degree
from the Manhattan School of Music under the instruction of Marion Feldman, and her
Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Timothy Eddy. She
recently earned a Graduate Diploma degree from the New England Conservatory, studying
with Laurence Lesser.