Dr. Eunbyol Ko
Adjunct professor, piano and accompanying
A native of South Korea, Eunbyol Ko has been praised for her artistry and intelligence as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. She maintains an active international career, having performed in Canada, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic, China, South Korea, and throughout the United States, and with orchestras including the Kyungwon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queen City Chamber Orchestra, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.
Her numerous competition honors include first prizes in the South Korea National Piano Competition, the Eum-Yeon competition, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Chamber Music Competition. She was also a prize winner in the International Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, the Kankakee Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Ibla Grand Prize Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano Competition.
A dedicated and sought after chamber musician, Ko has performed with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, China National Symphony Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic. She has also served as a chamber music coach for the Starling String Project and has been an official accompanist for the Young-Pyong International Clarinet Festival in South Korea, the Henri Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany, the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Austria, and the Great Wall Music Academy in China.
Ko also maintains an active professional profile, regularly giving masterclasses throughout the Unites States and abroad, serving as a judge and adjudicator for notable competitions and events, and offering presentations on a variety of topics at professional conferences each year. Her students have also been very successful over the years, garnering awards such as first prize in the Dayton Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, first prize in the New Horizons Piano Competition, second prize in the BGSU David D. Dubois Piano Competition, and numerous MTNA State and Regional Competition awards.
Prior to joining the faculty at MTSU, Ko served as Assistant Professor of Piano at Morehead State University for four years, where she taught courses in applied piano, class piano, and chamber music. She also served on the faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department, taught piano for the CCM Piano Department, and served as Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Austin Peay State University. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance with a Cognate in Chamber Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and her Masters degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her former teachers include Soo-Jung Shin, Shigeo Neriki, Eugene Pridonoff, and James Tocco.