Julian Hersh, Cello - Julian Hersh, cellist, has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Far East, and is a frequent performer at various festivals, including the Olympic (WA), Saratoga (NY), and Caramoor music festivals. As a founding member of the Jupiter Trio he was awarded First Prize in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. Chosen from 54 ensembles representing 19 countries, the Jupiter Trio was the first American ensemble in the history of the competition to win the gold medal. In 2004, the trio was recipient of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation for their recording of trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich on the Bridge Records label. Mr. Hersh was also a founding member of the Chicago based Callisto Ensemble and can be heard with that ensemble on a CD featuring the music of Augusta Read Thomas. Included on the CD are many premiere recordings as well as a commissioned piece entitled "Prairie Sketches." Mr. Hersh has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma on international television in "Marsalis on Music," on "CBS Sunday Mornings," and has been featured in numerous radio broadcasts on NPR. He was also featured on Japanese television both in an interview and live performance at Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Hersh studied at the San Francisco Conservatory where his principal teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Irene Sharp. He is currently on the faculty of the DePaul School of Music and Roosevelt University.
Jonathan Koh, Cello - Cellist Jonathan Koh has established himself as one of the most exciting musical entrepreneurs and teachers of his generation. An active soloist, ensemble musician, clinician, and administrator, Jonathan has already laid claim to several ground breaking musical endeavors. A passionate and dedicated teacher who is in extreme high demand, Jonathan's students have won numerous major national and international competitions and have performed all across the globe.
Prior to relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005, Jonathan maintained a large teaching studio in Chicago, many of whom have taken the top prizes at regional competitions as well as principal chair positions in top regional orchestras. Additionally, he served as a primary teaching assistant to Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, with whom he has studied with for twelve years. He also taught undergraduate cello courses at the university for non-music majors and was a teaching fellow at the National High School Music Institute.
Jonathan joined the San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty at the age of 24, the youngest faculty hire in school history. In addition, he serves as a faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley. His extensive solo experience encompasses several tours throughout the Far East, Europe, and across his native United States. At age 20, Jonathan took a position as substitute member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra cello section. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has been led by and collaborated with esteemed artists – Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maasel, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleischer, Carter Brey, Kyung Sun Lee, and Michael Tree.
Jonathan Koh received his education at Northwestern University, enrolled in a double-degree program to integrate pre-medicine, economics, and music. He also attended Yale University Summer Program to further his studies in the medical field and completed a masters degree in cello performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He held the prestigious position of Managing Editor for the 'Journal of Economics Management and Strategy' at the Northwestern Univesity Kellogg Graduate School of Management.