Danny Koo

New England Conservatory, Freelance Violinist, Classical Music Activist

An avid and sought after chamber musician, Danny has recently collaborated with Stephen Prutsman, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz, Clive Greensmith, Soovin Kim, Randall Scarlata, Johannes Moser, Lluis Claret, Kim Kashkashian, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Joseph Kalichstein, Barry Shiffman Vivian Weilerstein, Burt Hara, and Donald Weilerstein. He performs with with Kafka Quartet, Music Street, Wellesley Chamber Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Constantia, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble. From 2016-2017, Danny was a member of Ensemble DITTO, and in April 2018, Danny partnered up with double bassist, Minje Sung, to begin their journey as duo ‘PUNCH’; garnering a lot of attention with their sold-out concert at the Seoul Arts Center and features on: JTBC ‘Classic Today’, Mnet ‘Classic Dominant’, and Marie Claire Korea.

Danny was Playbills choice in Scene Playbill Magazine, featured on Mnet’s ‘Classic Dominant’, and featured on Arirang’s Heart to Heart TV show. His music has been featured on Korean radio and TV channels: KBS, Arirang, JTBC, Mnet, EBS, SBS, TVN. Danny has been invited to Music@Menlo (International Program), Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (Kafka Quartet – Resident Ensemble), Summerfest at La Jolla, Perlman Chamber Music Program, Banff Chamber Program, and has given recitals at the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Fanneuil Hall, and Old South Meeting Place.

In the summer of 2018, Danny will make his Rockport Music debut playing alongside Stephen Prutsman Barry Shiffman, Clive Greensmith, Roberto Diaz, and Andres Diaz. The Kafka Quartet will also be making their return as the Resident Ensemble at LCCMF. As someone that feels passionate about bringing a larger audience to the world of classical music, Danny is leading a project on Naver V Live (Korea’s Youtube) and has his own series, attracting thousands of viewers each show.

A passionate teacher, Danny teaches at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School as well as privately in Boston and Korea. A strong believer in creating a tangible change in the world through music, Danny has been a part of Kim Kashkashian’s ‘Music for Food’ initiative since its inception and was the coordinator for the Women’s Lunch Place Concert Series for 5 years. Since summer 2017, Danny is a proud representative of OXFAM Korea.

Born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia, Danny started with the Suzuki program and eventually went on to be mentored by Helen Kwalwasser. Danny received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from New England Conservatory, studying with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, and Malcolm Lowe, and was the recipient of the Beneficent Society Scholarship and Vernon Scholarship.

Danny plays on a 1901 Vincenzo Postiglione made in Naples.