A New York City native, Koh Kazama is an up and coming guitarist exposing audiences to the endless possibilities of the classical guitar. He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by a Japanese rock musician. His diverse repertoire ranges from early music played on period instruments to contemporary music using electronic effects. His musical endeavors have most recently led him to be invited to play a solo recital at the Long Island Guitar Festival, as part of the Emerging Artist Series.
Other notable performances include recitals at the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, the Music @NYPL series, and the Bartlett Arboretum Summer Concert Series. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Yale Guitar Extravaganza as well as the Ears Open Concert, where he made his Carnegie Hall debut.
As a teacher, Koh has taught privately for many years and taught as a Secondary Lessons Guitar Instructor at Yale. He has also worked as a Teaching Artist at New Haven public schools, where he taught private and group lessons, and assisted in coaching band class.
Koh holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from Yale University. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize, which was awarded to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievements and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. He attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City, where he majored in cello and was part of the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra. His major teachers have included Benjamin Verdery, Simon Powis, Liam Wood, Nadav Lev, and David Gonzalez. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University as a scholarship student, under the guidance of Jerry Willard.