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NSA Masterclass Series: Bongshin Ko, cello – September 11, 2021 (Online)

Online Experience

September 11, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tuition: Complimentary
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10:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Q&A with Guest Artist

Generously Underwritten by:

Bongshin Ko, cello

Hailed by critics for her “most perfect playing” (Internet Cello Society) with “great warmth and beauty” (The STRAD), cellist Bongshin Ko has appeared worldwide as a soloist with such groups as Television and Radio Symphony of Moscow, Munich Chamber Players, the KBS Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Central Broadcasting Symphony of China to name a few. Ms. Ko was the first Korean artist to be invited to perform in China after the historic resumption of diplomatic relations between South Korea and China, and has since been invited back annually.

Ms. Ko has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Stein, Gunther Schuller, Semyon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev. She appeared at Seoul International Music Festival to give the Asian premiere of Bernard Rands’ Cello Concerto, dedicated to and world premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich in celebration of his 70th birthday. Other international music events and festivals welcomed her to Schleswig-Holstein festival, Kronberg Cello festival, Hoertnagel Konzertdirekzion, Berlin Wall 10th anniversary concert, Rostropovich & Friends Concert (Germany), American Cello Congresses, Kumho Guest Artist Recital, plus numerous others in France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Monaco, Croatia, USA, Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.

She has performed to critical acclaims on NDR and Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), Fuji TV (Japan), TV New Zealand, TV China, Korean Broadcasting Systems and NBC. As a member of the European-based Tritton Cello Quartet she can be heard on the Musica Columna label. Her live performances of Brahms and Barber sonatas are often broadcast on the Arte TV in Korea and over the transpacific in-flight classical station on Asiana Airlines. Ms. Ko’s Haydn and Saint-Saens concerti, recorded with Munich Chamber Players in Germany, can also be heard on the SONY Classical label.

As a recipient of over 30 international prizes and awards, including the highest performance award in her native Korea and the Crossroad Award in the US for her “superior teaching,” she is on popular demand as a teacher as well as a performer around the globe. Prestigious schools where she taught special guest master classes include The Juilliard School, Mannheim Musikhochschule, Korean National University of Arts, Nürnberg School for Music, and Bejing Central Conservatory. Serving as Professor of Cello and Vice Director at Cal State University Fullerton School of Music she is also  active in supporting young talents and promoting cello art through Greenhouse Foundation & Festival ( (, which she founded together with the late legendary cellist Bernard Greenhouse in 2008. As a leading member of The New York Soloists and New York Public Library Concert Series Ms. Ko performs frequently at major venues and concert halls throughout five continents.

Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto No. 1
Sydney, Australia April 14, 2018.

Going Virtual with NSATechnology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio. 

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

Nevada School of the Arts Shines a Spotlight on Symphonic Jazz as they Present “Bird With Strings” – August 29, 2020

Nevada School of the Arts Shines a Spotlight on Symphonic Jazz as they Present “Bird With Strings” a Charlie Parker 100th Birthday Celebration at The “VEGAS” Room on August 29, 2020

Featuring Music Director Justin DiCioccio and Saxophonist Vincent Herring

LAS VEGAS – (July 21, 2020) – Nevada School of the Arts (NSA), a non-profit community-based music education school serving Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, is paying tribute to American Jazz “Be-Bop” pioneer Charlie Parker and presenting a dinner & entertainment of the legendary “Bird With Strings” recordings, at The “VEGAS” Room in the historical Commercial Center of Las Vegas. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 29, 2020, which would have been Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday.

Alto Saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker was instrumental in changing the face of music when he hit New York in the 1940s. One of Bird’s dreams was to record with a string section, which was realized through “Bird With Strings.” These studio sessions joined the forces of Classical and Jazz communities, creating

Symphonic Jazz and broadening jazz trends in the 1950s and onward, mixing things up instrumentally and stylistically. Led by internationally recognized music director Justin DiCioccio, these legendary orchestral recordings of Charlie “Bird” Parker will be brought to life by guest soloist and Alto Saxophonist Vincent Herring, who will be accompanied by NSA “School of JAZZ@NSA” faculty, Las Vegas Philharmonic musicians and NSA students.

“Charlie Parker was one of the most important figures in the development of modern jazz and in particular Be-Bop. As Las Vegas is known for a place of budding jazz musicians, we are thrilled and honored to be bringing this 100th Birthday honor to the Las Vegas community during these tough times at The “VEGAS” Room,” shares Patrick Duffy, President & CEO of Nevada School of the Arts. “The fact that Alto Saxophonist “Vincent Herring” and “Justin DiCioccio” will transport this important and historical piece of music in Las Vegas is a true JAZZ happening of record”.

In this time of COVID-19; NSA intends to be a community leader to show all Las Vegas, if you keep to guidelines; Las Vegas can deliver experiences in entertainment with safety as the guiding light.

To stay up to date on information and when limited tickets become available for Nevada School of the Arts – “Bird With Strings” a Charlie Parker 100th Birthday Celebration, visit and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Limited dinner/event seats available in strict compliance with CDC & State of Nevada COVID19 protocols.

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