Renny Ko, born and raised in Northern California, began piano at the age of 6 and studied under Ms. Erna Gulabyan in the Pre-College Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Under Ms. Erna Gulabyan’s tutelage, she won numerous prizes in young artist competitions including the Yehudi Menuhin-Helen Dowling Competition, Burlingame Music Club Piano Competition, CMTANC youth piano competition, among others.
After her high school graduation, she was awarded the Premier Young Artist Award and the Music Faculty Scholarship to Indiana University, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree under Prof. Emile Naoumoff, graduating with honors and distinction. She was then awarded a full scholarship and a fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC), obtaining her Masters of Music degree under the guidance of Ms. Bernadene Blaha. During her years at USC, she was an active member of the MTNA collegiate chapter and graduated to be a part of the Pi Kappa Lambda Eta Chapter.
Renny has attended numerous summer festivals receiving further distinction and visibility while her musicianship and artistry continued to develop. Among the summer festivals in which she participated include the Schlern International Music Festival, the Rebecca Penney and The International Holland Music Sessions, among others. She has also worked with John O’ Conor, Spencer Myer, and Mikhail Voskresensky.
Ms. Ko’s passionate and affable personality encourages students to be excited and dedicated to learn, guiding them to find their own voice and the spirit of the composer’s to share with the rest of the world.
“Renny Ko is not only a refined and elegant pianist, she is a highly effective piano instructor, and an exceedingly kind and warm individual.” — Dr. Stephen Pierce, Associate Professor, University of Southern California