John Koen, cello
John Koen has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1990. He was promoted to Acting Assistant and then Acting Associate Principal Cello from 2011 to 2016. He graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley of the Guarneri Quartet. He has collaborated in chamber music with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Christoph Eschenbach, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and many others.
Mr. Koen performs as a recitalist, and as a soloist with orchestras across America as well as in Europe. He has given master classes in universities from Seoul to Sofia, and has been artist faculty at Temple University since 2006, as well as teaching at several other colleges in the Philadelphia region.
His recording of "Seven Mad Gods" by Robert Maggio was nominated for GLAAMA’s "Best Instrumental Performance.” He received the C. Hartman Kuhn award from The Philadelphia Orchestra for “a musician who has shown both musical ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the musical standards and reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.”
His interests include reading, languages, traveling, food and health, technology, and playing with his two cats.