Denin Koch is a guitarist, composer and educator from Washington State currently completing a Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. Koch has performed and collaborated with Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Wycliffe Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Dee Daniels, Ellis Marsalis and Rosario Giuliani. He held positions in the Spokane Jazz Orchestra and Bob Curnow Big Band, leads the Denin Koch Trio and frequently performs as a guest artist with other ensembles.
Koch received a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA in 2014, graduating summa cum laude. Koch studied jazz improvisation with professors Daniel Keberle and Brent Edstrom and classical guitar with Paul Grove. While at Whitworth, Koch also completed a minor in English and worked as a teaching assistant in ear training, music history and jazz history. Upon graduating from Whitworth, Koch received the 2018 Whitworth Music Department Leadership and Service Award (as voted upon by the music faculty) for musical excellence and outstanding service to the music department. Koch was also awarded a full-tuition scholarship by the university in the spring of 2014. At the 2017 Elmhurst Jazz Festival, the judges recognized him as one of the festival’s outstanding musicians. Later that, year he won the Musicfest Northwest Young Artist competition in the guitar division and performed the second movement of the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Spokane Symphony.