George earned the title of Young Steinway Artist
, appeared with Harvard’s prestigious River Charles Ensemble, performed at Carnegie Hall more than half a dozen times, as well as Steinway Hall that led one critic to proclaim “a rising star if ever there was one.”
In Part 2 of my interview with George, he talks about the business side of things. After founding 4 startups in just 1.5 years at Harvard, I figured that George must have a "secret set of skills", aha moments that contributed to his success. I was also surprised to find out that someone as young as George, already has a clear vision of where his journey is going to take him, and what he really hopes to accomplish. It is not as simple as just being a successful musician himself. It is rather a universal message that's going to change music and music education around the world.
During George's year off, he had the pleasure to conduct a youth orchestra in Orange County, California, where he's from. He quickly realized that it's not because pop music is better or easier to consume, it's because we never gave it a chance.
"If I could somehow, in my life, help bring these (classical music) programs back, give people a chance, or at least open the cover of this wonderful book, that will be the ultimate goal of my career." - George Ko
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