Being a passionate performer and teacher, Steve Sang Koh is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas (U.S.A.), where he studied with a full scholarship, receiving the Herbert & Helen Allen scholarship and the Dick and Mary Ellen Wilson scholarship. After finishing his Bachelor's degree, Steve continued his studies and received his Master in String Performance and Pedagogy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (U.S.A.), where he was the recipient of the coveted Emily Boettcher and Yule Bogue Endowed Fund and the Dick Eickstein Grant.
Steve has studied with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His past and current teachers have included Yehonatan Berick, Gerardo Ribeiro, Kathleen Winkler, Helen Hwaya Kim, Irina Muresanu, and Joel Smirnoff. He has performed in solo and chamber music masterclasses for Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Curtis Institute of Music, for Hiroko Yajima of Mannes School of Music, and for the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin of the Berlin Philharmoniker.
At the University of Toronto, Steve is currently the teaching assistant to professors Annalee Patipatanakoon, Lydia Wong, and Katharine Rapoport.
I try to strike a balance between my teaching style and the students' personality so that a constructive learning environment and a trust can be established between the students and myself.
"I take a holistic approach to teaching because I see music-making as an endeavor that involves an active mind, healthy body, and, most importantly, a congenial learning environment. Without the presence of all three ingredients, I strongly believe that the students will not reach or realize their true potential in violin playing. As a teacher, I try to strike a balance between my teaching style and the students' personality so that a constructive learning environment and a trust can be established between the students and myself. I believe in structuring my lessons to the specific needs of each and every student with the universal goal of highlighting the importance of discipline, persistence, and organization in maximizing the students' musical experience. I do not see fine violin playing as my only goal in teaching, but instead, view the development of the student into a responsible adult as the ultimate objective. To this end, I believe that music is the perfect medium for which the students can gain the practical skills necessary in refining and achieving their individual aspirations."