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  • Teacher of Violin
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Education

  • BM, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Professional Studies Degree, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Additional studies at the Curtis Institute of Music

Biography

Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging, and charismatic violinists of her generation.

Jinjoo has concertized throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe, performing as a soloist with such prestigious orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina), and the Louisville Orchestra, among many others.

She has been privileged to perform with renowned artists Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Michael Stern, James Gaffigan, Robert McDuffie, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping, and Anton Nel. She has appeared in international venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Herkulessaal of Munich, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Seoul Arts Center, Aspen Music Festival, Schwetzingen SWR Festipiele, Festival de Lanaudière, Cleveland Chamberfest, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul Spring Chamber Music Festival, and Tongyeong International Music Festival.

Cho’s biggest passion is arts education and audience engagement. She is the founder of the Encore Chamber Music Institute, a chamber music program for high school and college students in Hudson, Ohio. She also produces Classical Revolution Korea, a program through which musicians travel across Korea to give free concerts and meet audiences.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Cho moved to Cleveland at age 14 to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Within a few years of arriving in the United States, she had won most of the local competitions for high school and college-level students, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition and the Cleveland Institute of Music’s concerto competition.

A passionate advocate for community outreach and education, Cho has performed at more than 100 venues, giving master classes, presenting showcases, and delivering lecture recitals. Her ties to the Cleveland community are especially apparent: She performs often for local organizations such as the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, the Beachwood Arts Council, Cleveland Clinic, the Tuesday Musical Association of Akron, CityMusic Cleveland, and others.

Awards and Recognition

Gold medalist of the 2014 Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Jinjoo made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the grand prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at age 17. Times Argus of Montreal proclaimed her performance of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto as possessing “an undeniable charisma and depth...with an intense lyricism and heartfelt tenderness that sent shivers up the spine.”

Since then, she has won numerous international awards including the first prize and Orchestra Award at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in 2010, 2nd Laureate at the 2011 Isang Yun International Music Competition, grand prize at the Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition, and the Dorothy DeLay Award at the Aspen Music Festival.