Ko Kaiden, a native of Kamakura, Japan, is the grandson of a Zen high priest, and majored in psychology in school. His love of music guided him on to a full-time orchestra position in Japan as principal oboist. After he moved to New York City in 1990, he became a woodwind doubler for Broadway with, among numerous Off-Broadway shows, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “The Producers”, “Gypsy”, “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”, and doing the European Tour of “A Chorus Line”, playing five different instruments for that show.
During this period he started oboe and clarinet repair business, working with professional players in NYC, and also working for Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Academy, Queens College, BMCC, and New York Philharmonic. He then became a woodwind instrument curator at the La Guardia High School, NYC. As a teacher he held oboe and chamber music instructor position at CPSM at Queens College, NYC, for 13 years. He ventured into vocal music and soon became much sought-after on the New York vocal scene. He sang more than 40 opera roles including two Polish operas by Moniuszko, first the role of “Marszałek” in “Halka” sang in Polish at the Royal Theatre of Warsaw (1999), at the Kaye Playhouse [NYC] (American Premiere, 2000), and at the Kennedy Center (2001), then the role of “Pan Marcin” in “Verbum Nobile” returned to the Royal Theatre of Warsaw in 2003. He is also an avid ballroom dancer competing and performing at the showcases.
Ko relocated to Michigan in 2008, and has been working at Meridian Winds since then. He also operates his own shop in Ann Arbor, MI where he specializes in the repair and restoration of Oboes and Clarinets.