The Kennedy Center

Ko Sugiyama


Violinist Ko Sugiyama is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra, appointed by music director Philippe Auguin.

In addition, he is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, a violinist with the King St. Quartet (a community engagement dedicated ensemble), and maintains a private violin studio. As soloist or chamber musician, Ko has performed at major US venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y's Kauffman Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Severance Hall. He has collaborated with members of the Tokyo and Keller String Quartets and has performed with the Phillips Camerata, 21st Century Consort, Paul Katz, Nicholas McGegan, Jeremy Denk, Daniel Blumenthal, and Ole Akahoshi.

Ko received his bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his master's degree from the Juilliard School while studying under Paul Kantor and Masao Kawasaki, respectively. Previous to his appointment as Assistant Concertmaster of KCOHO/WNOO, Ko spent four years as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/15/2019: Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra present Schubert’s Trio No. 2 in E flat Major for piano, violin and violoncello, D929 (1827).
Andante con Moto
Scherzo: allegro moderato
Allegro moderato
Ko Sugiyama, violin
Kristen Wojcik, cello
Sun-A Park, piano

Ko Sugiyama