Associate Professor of Piano
Pianist Jonathan Korth, a native of Iowa, 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 Manoa 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 DCís 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 Americaís 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, among others. He has had the privilege of having great artists such as the Emerson String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Colin Carr, Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Levin, Seymour Lipkin, and Ellen Mack as his mentors in this genre.
An avid art song collaborator, Mr. Korth regularly takes the stage with his wife, soprano Rachel Schutz. Since 2003 they've been performing diverse repertoire from standard to contemporary art song and the two are known for their innovative programming, which weaves both vocal and solo piano music together in a coherent manner. Just as dedicated to the promotion of new music, Mr. Korth has worked with many young composers and has premiered dozens of new works, many of which were written for him. He frequently performs the music of UH colleagues Thomas Osborne and Donald Reid Womack and has appeared with several New Music ensembles including Ebb & Flow Arts of Maui, Contemporary Chamber Players (NY), and The Collected.
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 Hawaii. 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 Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In 2011, Mr. 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.