Koh Kazama Headshot 1Koh Kazama is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in guitar performance at the Yale School of Music, where he is studying with Benjamin Verdery. He recently received his Master of Music degree from Yale and was enrolled in a combined five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Music program, earning his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Yale College.  He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by watching a music video of a Japanese rock musician.   He was a finalist of the Third Street Music School Concerto Competition, being the first guitarist in the school’s history to achieve this. He has been selected to play in master classes and workshops of renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Carlo Domeniconi, and Jorge Caballero.  Koh attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City, where he majored in cello and was a part of the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to playing music, Koh loves to snowboard and play soccer.