Family Concert: Danny Koo & Kevin Ahfat
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 Koreaand 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
An acclaimed pianist who “leaves no question about his riveting presentation and technical finesse” (Seattle Times), Kevin Ahfat has made a name for himself as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America. Ahfat completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Mr. Joseph Kalichstein and Mr. Stephen Hough, where he also served as a Keyboard Teaching Fellow. Beginning in the fall of 2018, he began the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship & International Performance Residency at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.