JJ Koh has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, ProMusica, Toronto and New World Symphonies
Hailed by The Columbus Dispatch as having “gorgeous sound and dynamic nuance,” JJ Koh joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 2016. For the 2018-2019 season, he is serving as Assistant Principal/Eb Clarinet with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and also holds a position with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Koh has also been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed with the Toronto Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and New World Symphony.
As a founding member of the Arundo Donax Reed Quintet, winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, they have premiered and recorded multiple works, taught master classes, and performed in various concert settings across the country. As principal clarinetist of KammerMahler, Koh participated in a world premiere recording project, which featured chamber versions of Gustav Mahler’s Fourth and Ninth Symphonies. He also premiered Kaleidoscope by Perry Goldstein which was released by New Dynamic Records.
Summer festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Lake George Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Midsummer’s Music, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he held a Fellowship for five summers. Koh completed his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees under the instruction of Eli Eban and James Campbell at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While earning his Master’s Degree, he served as an Associate Instructor. His final recital was awarded the Performer’s Certificate, one of the highest honors awarded by the University.