Bring the whole family to enjoy a kid-friendly program! Both with outgoing personalities and tremendous musical talent, the artists feel passionately about bringing classical music to a wider, younger audience. Free, no tickets required.
DANNY KOO, violin
Described as “unstinting in energetic projection every step of the way” (Calgary Herald), violinist Danny Koo has carved out a distinctive professional profile as a chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist in appearances throughout the world. An outgoing personality, Danny has been profiled on Korean television and in print media, including Marie Claire Korea and Scene Playbill Magazine. Most recently, Danny shared his artistry and commentary at two TEDxBeaconStreet conferences, one of which was held at the historic Fenway Park. He has taught at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, and currently leads Toronto’s Academy Chamber Orchestra alongside Barry Shiffman at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In Korea, he has partnered with ‘Pinkfong’ (creators of Baby Shark) to educate and excite the youngest generation of our world about classical music. Danny is currently a Rebanks Fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, and Malcolm Lowe. He plays on a violin made in Naples by Vincenzo Postiglione in 1901.
KEVIN AHFAT, piano
Canadian-born pianist Kevin Ahfat is “poised to become one of the young heirs of the classical piano realm, with a bold, boundary-pushing, millennial style matched by refined execution” (Vanguard Seattle). In 2018, Ahfat was named one of CBC’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, subsequently releasing a live-recording of Brahms from CBC’s Studio 211. Highlights of recent seasons include a return to the Seattle Symphony and a partnership with Juilliard Dance & Juilliard Orchestra in their recreation of Richard Alston’s Sheer Bravado. This past season, he was thrilled to give the North American Premiere of Saint-Saëns’ Third Sonata for Cello & Piano, recently published by Bärenreiter-Verlag. Ahfat completed his principal studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joseph Kalichstein and Stephen Hough and recently finished his time in-residence as a Rebanks Fellow at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.