Cheng Jin Koh: Composer and Musician

Recognized as one of the four 2016 new artists by Zaobao Singapore, with an “impressive debut” described by the Straits Times for the premiere of her orchestral work “Horizons”, Koh Cheng Jin (b.1996) is a Singaporean composer, Yang Qin and violin performer currently based in New York. As a Yang Qin player, she was the First Prize winner of the Singapore National Chinese Music Competition Youth and Open categories in 2012 and 2014. She has also played as a soloist with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York.

Cheng Jin has written works for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), T’ang Quartet, School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) Chinese Music Ensemble, Juilliard’s Azure Quartet and other ensembles. Her works have been performed in Singapore, the United States and Australia. In 2016, her work was performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for their 37th Anniversary Concert, and another, commissioned by Singapore’s newest flute trio Flutterfly, at the 44th Annual National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California. She attended summer composition programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Yale-Norfolk New Music Workshop where her Kuda Kepang was commissioned, and the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) in 2017.

Cheng Jin graduated from School of the Arts Singapore in 2014 with the International Baccalaureate Diploma. She is now studying music composition with Robert Beaser at The Juilliard School, generously sponsored by Singapore’s Loke Cheng Kim Foundation.

 Portrait, New York, 2018

Portrait, New York, 2018

 Portrait, Singapore, 2017 Photo courtesy of The TENG Company

Portrait, Singapore, 2017
Photo courtesy of The TENG Company