Tonight, my friend Delfeayo Marsalis has given me the opportunity to take over as host of Future Focus. We’ll be going LIVE tonight on NOA-TV Ch 8 at 9pm. Our guest for tonight’s show will be Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko. Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko, a native Korean cellist, began piano at age 5 and won first prize at age 7 in the Young Artist Competition in Seoul, Korea. She also studied a Korean traditional percussion instrument “Jango” for three years before she began cello at age 13. She went on to study at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Mannheim, Germany. During her studies in Germany, she was also an active chamber musician with her international piano trio and cello ensemble. After earning Künstlerisches Aufbaustudium degree in Germany, she was recruited by a German American cellist, Babara Thiem, to study in the United States. Ko earned her doctoral degree majoring in cello performance, minoring in orchestral conducting at Louisiana State University where she was teaching as an assistant of Professor Dennis Parker. She was the Associate Principle in Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and member of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette. Since August 2008, Jee Yeoun Ko joined New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as an artist teacher and was appointed as chair of the classical instrumental department in May, 2009.
I’m honored to have Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko as my guest and very interested in learning more about her career and life. her!