Cellist 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 sole recipient of the prestigious William Schumann Award for outstanding achievements in music, academics, and leadership. Ms. Koo made her 2000 New York debut in a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the youngest winner of the Artists International Competition. Ms. Koo completed a season as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Phoenix Symphony Previous to her appointment with the Phoenix Symphony, she was touring Italy and Europe with the Symphonica Arturo Toscanini under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Ms. Koo, an avid outreach advocate, was a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and brought music education to the public schools of New York. During her appointment in Phoenix, Ms. Koo taught in the One Nation program, a music outreach program at the Salt River Indian Reservation’s high school. 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.
As a soloist, Ms. Koo has performed with concertos throughout the world. At the age of 18, Sarah was admitted as the youngest participant to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and played in the Festival’s Orchestra as the Assistant Principal Cellist. Ms. Koo, an avid chamber musician, has been featured numerous times in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fischer Hall. Chamber studies have been with Gil Shaham, Joseph Kalichstein, Peter Salaff, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jonathan Feldman. Solo studies have been primarily with Gilda Barston, Richard Hirschl, Darrett Adkins, and Ardyth Alton.
In Ms. Koo's free time, she enjoys training for half marathons, discovering restaurants with her husband, or playing with her Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie.