Esther Noh, Violin

 Photo: Jim Graham

Violinist Esther Noh has garnered acclaim for her achievements in a variety of musical settings.  Noted for her versatility, she maintains an active career as a performer and teacher in New York City.

A strong supporter of contemporary classical music, she performs with numerous groups, including Either/Or,  Argento New Music Project, Ensemble Signal, Wordless Music Orchestra, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).  She appears regularly at New York City venues such as Miller Theater, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kitchen.  In addition, she has toured throughout the country with the ETHEL string quartet, eighth blackbird, Classical Jam, and the Meredith Monk Ensemble.  Ms. Noh is also a champion of improvised and alternative music. She has collaborated with John Zorn, Mark O' Connor, and Bang on a Can, and has presented avant-garde music at Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Stone, and the Cutting Room. She plays and records with singer/songwriters and with bands such as the Mahavishnu Project.

Ms. Noh is a dedicated teacher with extensive experience at all levels and ages.  She is a Suzuki-certified instructor, and has taught pre-college violin and chamber music nationwide (Kinhaven, Chamber Music at the Barn in Wichita, KS).  She has given outreach workshops through Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fireworks Ensemble, and the Native American Composer Apprentice Program.  She also coaches adult chamber music at Summertrios in PA.

In demand as a recording artist, Ms. Noh is the featured violin soloist in several movies, including the 2011 Oscar winner for Best Short Film (“God of Love”) and a PBS documentary, “Anna May Wong- In Her Own Words”.  She can be heard on the New Amsterdam and E1 labels.

In the classical sphere, Ms. Noh won the Audience Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and first prize in the Julius Stulberg International String Competition. She has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and the Danish National Philharmonic. She received degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan. Esther holds a doctorate with honors from SUNY Stony Brook and is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She was the visiting professor of violin at Wichita State University and concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony from January 2004-May 2005.