Natalie Koh

co-principal violin II


DePaul University School of Music, Master in Music, 2023
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), Bachelor of Music, 2020

Singaporean violinist Natalie Koh moved to Chicago two years ago and is currently studying with Professor Ann Setzer. A recipient of the Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award and the National University of Singapore Society Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Natalie enjoys playing in orchestras such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (Singapore). She is also passionate about music education and inclusion, and frequently organizes music appreciation workshops for children of all abilities.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I love playing the violin, but I also enjoyed playing other instruments too. I used to play the flute for over a decade in various concert bands, and also played the viola in my chamber group back in high school. I am also a soccer fan! I support Arsenal and I am predicting we will win the Premier League this season.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Johannes Brahms

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Cooking, or with other people’s cats.

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I have not served as co-principal second for an entire summer full of concerts before, so that would be an experience in itself!