Leland Ko poses with a cello
Cellist Leland Ko Photo: Donna Santos

Cellist Leland Ko is the kind of person who is always overflowing with energy. His career as a soloist and chamber musician has taken him all over the North American east coast, as well as internationally. He was recently named a Presidential Scholar at the New England Conservatory and holds claim to a second prize at the 2020 Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition, as well as first prize at the 2021 Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition. Leland’s love for chamber music has also led him to be a former Artist in Residence of the New York Piano Society and former music director of Opus 21 and La Vie en Cello (both student-run chamber music collectives at Princeton University). Leland graduated from Princeton with a Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and went on to complete a Master of Music at Juilliard. He is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the New England Conservatory and resides in Boston with his 11-year-old cat, Ham.

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