Peter Ko, based in San Diego, California, is a cellist whose training and projects have taken him across the USA, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. His collaborations with other renown musical artists include, Mark Fewer, the Dover String Quartet, Steve Schick, Aleck Karis, and Duo Concertante. Peter has toured Atlantic Canada with the Strataphoria String Quartet, and has served as principal solo cellist of the Pacific Lyric Association Opera, Cello Bash, and San Diego City Ballet Orchestra. He has also been the cellist of the Integral String Quartet, performed with UCSD’s Palimpsest Ensemble, Renga, and the soundSCAPE music festival in Italy.
As a teacher, Peter’s students have ranged from the complete beginner, to the pre-professional college student. Peter has served as a teaching artist for Strong Harbour Strings, an inner-city after-school music program providing free music lessons in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and has led coaching sessions with youth orchestras in San Diego, Mexico and Canada. His passion for teaching stems from a desire to provide the student with the resources and guidance needed to realize their best potential, drawing from a variety of fields, studies, and paradigms that reconcile both the traditional and new. With enough effort, time, and instruction, anyone can learn to play the cello at a very high level, and Peter is excited to help bring this possibility to Villa Musica.
Peter has received his significant musical training from Charles Curtis, Vernon Regehr, Ashley Walters, and Mario Ramirez. Further influences include Adrian Brendel, Mark Fewer, and Nancy Dahn. He has also received coachings from many other great world-class artists, including Lynn Harrell, Felix Fan, the Gryphon Trio, the Danish String Quartet, and many others. He holds a MMus from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a BA from University of California, San Diego. He is currently working towards his DMA in Contemporary Music Performance, at UCSD.