University of Hawaii

MMS Faculty

Jonathan Korth, D.M.A.

Dr. Jonathan Korth, a native of Iowa, is an Associate Professor of Music in the Dept. of Music, UH Mānoa. He enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborator, and teacher, having performed recitals across North America, Europe, and East Asia to critical acclaim. Since making his 2002 Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall and joining the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2008, Mr. Korth has become an advocate for classical music, performing and lecturing around the world.

Mr. Korth is a prolific concertizer, having performed at many of the nation’s top venues, concert series, and universities. In recent years, he presented solo and chamber music concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center, Washington DC’s Phillips Collection, the Jefferson Library at Monticello, and the Des Moines Civic and Arts Centers. Hailed by the Des Moines Register as having “prodigious technique and [a] keen sense of musicianship,” Mr. Korth is as much in demand in Europe and Asia as in the United States, having performed multiple recital tours in France, Belgium, the UK, China, and Taiwan.

Mr. Korth’s deep appreciation and love for chamber music has led to collaborations with musicians, such as Martin Beaver (Tokyo String Quartet), cellists Alan Stepansky and David Requiro, soprano Hyunah Yu, the Momenta String Quartet, and members of many of America’s leading orchestras. Known as a “brilliant collaborator” (The Spokesman-Review), Mr. Korth has been invited to perform on prestigious concert series such as the Honolulu Chamber Music Society, Hawai‘i Concert Society, and the Austin Chamber Music Festival, and counts among his summer residencies the Banff Centre, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota Chamber Music Festivals, and others.

In 2008, Mr. Korth made Honolulu, Hawai‘i, his home and since then has appeared in concert on all the major Islands at venues such as the MACC (Maui Arts and Cultural Center), and Honolulu Academy of Arts, as well as with the Honolulu Symphony, and Chamber Music Hawai‘i. As a passionate advocate for classical music, he has worked tirelessly for many arts organizations around the State including the HPTA, HMTA, Ohana Arts, and the Hawai‘i Performing Arts Festival. In 2011, Dr. Korth organized a memorial concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor which included first-hand accounts from survivors as well as performances.

Dr. Korth is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University (BM) where he studied with Ann Schein and Boris Slutsky and Stony Brook University (MM and DMA), where he was a student of Gilbert Kalish.


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