Violinist Ko Sugiyama is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra, appointed by music director Philippe Auguin. In addition, he is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, a violinist for the King St. Quartet (a National Symphony Orchestra Education Department In-School-Ensemble), and a faculty member for both the NSO Summer Music Institute and the Washington Conservatory of Music. As soloist and/or chamber musician, Ko has performed at major US venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Severance Hall. He has collaborated with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, and Keller String Quartets and has performed with the 21st Century Consort, the National Chamber Players, Phillips Camerata, Nicholas McGegan, Jeremy Denk, Daniel Blumenthal, and Ole Akahoshi. Ko received his bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his master's degree from the Juilliard School while studying under Paul Kantor and Masao Kawasaki, respectively. Previous to his appointment as Assistant Concertmaster of KCOHO/WNOO, Ko spent four years as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL.