Ms. Sarah Koo is known not only for her solo and chamber performances, but also as an avid educator and outreach advocate. Ms. Koo graduated with her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the William Schumann Award. Ms. Koo made her 2000 New York debut in a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the youngest winner of the New York Artists International Competition.

Ms. Koo served as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Phoenix Symphony. Previous to her appointment with the Phoenix Symphony, she toured Europe, including Italy, with the Symfonica Arturo Toscanini under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Ms. Koo, an outreach advocate, served as a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and brought music education to the public schools of New York. At the age of 18, Ms. Koo attended the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and was selected as Assistant Principal Cellist.

Ms. Koo was featured in Robb Report magazine and on the cover of Residential Systems magazine for her interest in bringing classical music back to the home as a primary means of entertainment. Her avid desire to increase classical music awareness has led Ms. Koo to become involved in many outreach and educational organizations. Her involvement with the Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard, bringing performances to confined groups of people (e.g. nursing homes, cancer wards, etc.), has allowed her to encourage the genesis of similar programs by proposing ideas to different organizations throughout the United States.

Ms. Koo is currently the cello professor and chamber music lecturer at University of California, Irvine and is on the cello faculty at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts.




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