Pianist Tony Cho enjoys a wide-ranging career in keyboard collaborative art as a recitalist, chamber musician, and opera and vocal coach. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall-Carnegie Hall in New York City, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, Ganz Hall in Chicago, Meany Hall in Seattle, the Honolulu Museum of Art, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, among many others in the United States and abroad. His performances with various artists have been featured on WKCR-New York, WCLV’s Cleveland Ovations program, WXOJ-Northampton (MA), and live on KVOD-Denver, KHPR-Honolulu, and WMEA-Portland, Maine Public Radio’s Tiny Screen Concert Series. Together with his duo and chamber music partner, violinist David Bowlin, Cho has recently appeared at the Kneisel Hall and the Bowdoin International Chamber Music Festivals (ME), Credo Virtual (OH), Chamber Music Quad Cities (IA), and the International Chamber Music Festival at Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece.
Currently serving on the chamber music faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cho has previously been on the collaborative piano faculty and vocal/opera coaching staff at The Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, Chapman University, and at SongFest at the Colburn School. He has given master classes at many schools in the U.S. and abroad, including the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo; the Ingesund School of Music in Arvika, Sweden; the Central Conservatory in Beijing; and at various institutions in South Korea. In addition, Cho’s extensive experience in opera includes serving as an assistant conductor and coach for more than 70 productions at professional companies and universities across the country.
Originally from South Korea, Cho earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Washington; a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; and a bachelor’s degree with a minor in Spanish literature from Oklahoma State University, where in 2017 he was honored with their Distinguished Music Alumnus Award. His principal teachers were Dr. Thomas Lanners, Frank Weinstock, and Craig Sheppard.