Leland Ko

Leland Philip Ko, cello (Weston, MA), is the kind of person who's always had an overflow of energy. His restlessness has led him to various callings, from calligraphy and origami to competitive tennis and distance running, but so far he’s found that making music with and for others – and the process that goes into that – are the things that best keep him seated and focus his mind. Though he has chosen to dedicate himself to classical music, he does his best to remember and live by a former mentor’s advice that music is about life, not the other way around. Leland was a long-time student of Ronald Lowry and Paul Katz before attending Princeton University, where he graduated with a B.A. in German Literature. He received a(n) M.M. from The Juilliard School under the teaching of Minhye Clara Kim, Natasha Brofsky, and Tim Eddy in 2022, and will begin as an A.D. candidate at New England Conservatory in the Fall. Since the end of 2020, Leland plays on the ex-Peled, ex-Greenhouse Thomas Dodd from 1790. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2021)