An alumnus of the Third Street Music School, Koh Kazama started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by a Japanese rock musician. His diverse repertoire ranges from early music played on period instruments to contemporary music using electronic effects. His musical endeavors have most recently led him to be invited to play solo recitals at the Long Island Guitar Festival, Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, and the [email protected] Series. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Yale Guitar Extravaganza, as well as the Ears Open Concert, where he made his Carnegie Hall debut.
As a teacher, Koh has held a private studio for many years and taught as a Secondary Lessons Guitar Instructor at Yale. He has also worked as a Teaching Artist at New Haven public schools, as part of the Music In Schools community engagement program.
Koh holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from Yale University. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize, which was awarded to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievements and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. He attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City, where he majored in cello. His major teachers have included Benjamin Verdery, Simon Powis, Liam Wood, Nadav Lev, and David Gonzalez. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University as a scholarship student, under the tutelage of Jerry Willard. In addition to playing guitar, Koh enjoys snowboarding and playing soccer.