Praised for “beautiful array of pianistic colors”, “abundance of technique”, “original interpretation”, and “undeniably impressive prestidigitation”, pianist Eunmi Ko (eunmiko.com) appeared in the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Festival de Musica Contemporanea, Festival Cervantino Internacional, Chautauqua Music Festival, Music Center of Christchurch, Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, among others. Ko performs a wide range of piano repertoire from premieres of new works by living composers to the traditional and rarely played piano works.
As an active chamber musician, she is co-founder and co-director of new music ensemble Strings & Hammers, which has the unusual instrumentation of violin, piano, and double bass. Each year, Strings and Hammers collaborates with composers from around the world (facebook.com/StringsHammers).
Ko holds a BM degree from Seoul National University and graduate degrees (MM and DMA) from the Eastman School of Music. She teaches as Assistant Professor of Piano and serves as co-advisor of the New-Music Consortium at the University of South Florida. Since 2013, she is on the faculty at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival.
Ko may also be heard on the recently published CD release of She Rose, and Let Me In (“This is an unusual but beautifully assembled program…”) and Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann (“excellent introduction to Tann’s music world”).
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Hailed as "excellent", "impeccable", "limpidly beautiful", "impressive", "stunning", and "Boston's best", Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo's 2016-17 season includes performances with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bucknell Bach Festival, Halcyon Chamber Series, Sunshine City Opera, Callithumpian Consort, Sarasota Choral Society and Guerilla Opera. She has recently appeared with fortepianist Sylvia Berry, Brandeis New Music, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, and Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lobo has appeared under conductors Gunther Schuller, Harry Christophers, Stephen Stubbs, Joshua Rifkin, Martin Pearlman, Helmut Rilling, and Andris Nelsons, and has been featured by the Firebird Ensemble, Carmel Bach Festival, Boston Baroque, Handel + Haydn Society, The Bermuda Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart. Her dedication to new music, art song, and early music has seen her featured on True Concord's Grammy winning recording of Stephen Paulus's 'Prayers & Remembrances', invited to the Carmel Bach Festival as an Adams Fellow, a prizewinner at the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers, a grant recipient of the Julian Autrey Song Foundation, a featured recitalist for the Boston Portuguese Festival, and performing as a soloist under the direction of composers Steve Reich, Fred Lerdahl, Christian Wolff, Louis Andriessen, and many others. Thea Lobo is a graduate of New England Conservatory and Boston University, and represented by Vocal Artists Management.
Created by acclaimed pianist Eunmi Ko and Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo in 2016, Songeaters is a voice-piano duo offering a new look at art song. Rather than more traditional programming based on a single composer or nationality, Songeaters produces programs that thread together diverse repertoire based on story and text theme, seeking to explore the widest range of perspectives and experiences by pairing selected popular chestnuts with lesser known gems and newly composed responses that expand the world of classical song and deepen understanding.
In the search for variety, Thea Lobo and Eunmi Ko have discovered a vast amount of repertoire by women, minorities and other marginalized composers throughout history which has most often not been recorded, performed in recent history, or even published in some cases. This has inspired the creation of an online archive, entitled Indictus Project (Indictus.org), to connect musicians and audiences to audio and video recordings, digital sheetmusic, background information and other resources on over-looked and under-represented repertoire and composers. To further this cause, Songeaters will be travelling to Paris to research, perform, and collaborate with composers in 2018. Songeaters is currently collaborating with composers Doug Balliett, Seunghee Lee, Steven Long and John Liberatore, and this season they will also plan to offer premiere recordings of works by Milhaud, Henry Cowell, Joseph Bologne, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Viardot, Distler, Alkan, Chaminade, Xenakis, and many others.