With the title of Young Steinway Artist already heading the list of his many accomplishments, 22 year-old pianist George Ko continues to move from strength to strength. Critics praise him for his superb readings of some of the most tour de force works in the literature, and hail his ability to excite audiences with an energy and enthusiasm that is the result of meticulously crafted interpretations of works he performs.
Fresh from a debut with the Irvine Philharmonic where he played the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Maestro Stephen Tucker, he has also appeared with Harvard’s prestigious River Charles Ensemble, as well as the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California.
No stranger to the stages of some of New York’s most prestigious venues, he is already a veteran of the stage at Carnegie Hall where he has appeared more than a half dozen times both as a soloist, and three-time First Prize laureate of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. He has also been heard at Steinway Hall in a performance that led one critic to proclaim “a rising star if ever there was one.”
Constantly interested in honing his pianistic skills while also perfecting his technique, Ko has participated in some of the world’s most celebrated festivals, among them Amalfi Coast, Vianden International, Music Fest Perugia, and Klaviersommer in Cochem.
Rounding out his impressive array of credentials are performances before Vice President Joe Biden, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Senator Barbara Boxer. He also boasts having been chosen to perform on behalf of the Carnegie Hall series, Ancient Paths, Modern Voices at California’s Bowers Museum, to commemorate Isaac Stern’s film From Mao to Mozart. Also, he was a featured soloist of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Ko has performed recitals at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the prestigious Faculty Room at Harvard University.
Currently an undergraduate student at Harvard University, Ko is a Bachelor of Arts candidate majoring in Music and President Emeritus of the Harvard College Piano Society