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Jinjoo Cho - Violin

Gold Medalist of the Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of the Indianapolis, critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as a leading young violinist of her generation noted for her vibrant musical personality, warm and engaging tone, and sensual phrasing. Praised by the Times Argus of Montreal as possessing “an undeniable charisma and depth...with an intense lyricism and heartfelt tenderness that sent shivers up the spine,” Jinjoo won both the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award in the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition. Ever since, she has been performing worldwide, and 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, and the First Grand Prize at the Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition.

Jinjoo’s music career has taken her 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), Louisville Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Jinjoo has appeared in international venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Herkulessaal of Munich, the historic Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Seoul Arts Center, Aspen Music Festival, Schwetzingen SWR Festipiele, Festival de Lanaudière, Cleveland Chamberfest, Festival Groba, the Seoul Spring Festival, Music@Menlo and Perlman Music Program. She has been privileged to collaborate with renowned artists Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Michael Stern, James Gaffigan, Robert McDuffie, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping and Anton Nel among others.

Jinjoo has served as an Artist in Residence at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and has toured extensively in Canada, Argentina and Korea. Most recently, she has formed Duo Istas with pianist Daniel H.S Kim. The duo was invited to take part in the Chamber Music Residency Program at The Banff Centre and regularly tours in North America with intensely creative programs that include works that are seldom played and/or newly composed repertoire. A passionate advocate for community outreach and education, Jinjoo has performed at over 100 venues, giving master classes, presenting showcases, and delivering lecture recitals. Some of her outreach locations have included hospice care facilities, schools for mentally handicapped children, inner city public schools and even an historically isolated island for leprosy patients. Her ties to the Cleveland community are especially apparent as she performs often for local organizations such as the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, the Beachwood Arts Council, the Cleveland Clinic, the Women’s Committee at CIM, Arts Renaissance Tremont, the Tuesday Musical Association of Akron, CityMusic Cleveland, and more. Jinjoo and Daniel’s Duo Istas performs more than 40 concerts a year in education venues alone.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Jinjoo moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 14 to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a Young Artist Program student. Within a few years of arriving in the United States, she had won most of the local competitions for both high school and collegiate level students, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition and the Cleveland Institute of Music’s collegiate level concerto competition. One of the jurors at the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra competition was the legendary oboist John Mac, who later became very closely tied to Jinjoo’s musical development. In 2005, at age 16, she was awarded the gold medal at the Stulberg International String Competition, her first international competition and in the following year, Jinjoo became the first recipient of the Dorothy DeLay Award at the Aspen Music Festival. Additionally Jinjoo served as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and later, the New York String Orchestra Seminar. The New York Times described her concertmaster solos as “rich and open...finely polished, (and) focused.”

Jinjoo’s chamber music coaches have included Gilbert Kalish, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, David Finckel, Wu Han, Mark Steinberg, and the Cavani Quartet. She has also participated in masterclasses given by the Takács Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, Samuel Rhodes and Zakhar Bron, with whom she worked at Kronberg Academy’s Masterclasses Program. Jinjoo finished her Bachelor of Music degree both at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Paul Kantor, who has been her mentor since 2001. Jinjoo received her Master of Music degree at CIM with Jaime Laredo where she is in the Professional Studies program.







Performances for Season 29 (current season)
Concert 6


Artists who also play the Violin
Clare Adkins Cason
Ik-Hwan Bae
David Chan
Luba Daneman
Kenneth Goldsmith
Augustin Hadelich
Gábor Homoki
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou
Nai-Yuan Hu
Jun Iwasaki
Stephanie Jeong
Clara-Jumi Kang
Sarah Kapustin
Barnabás Kelemen
Alex Kerr
David Kim
Philip Lewis
Cho-Liang Lin
Stefan Milenkovich
Felix Olschofka
Paul Rosenthal
Frederieke Saeijs
Michael Shih
Keng-Yuen Tseng
Carmit Zori


Clare Adkins Cason Clare Adkins Cason - Violin
Concertmaster of the Dallas Bach Society
Gregory Allen Gregory Allen - Piano
Grand Prize winner of the 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv; Second Prize at the 1978 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Atar Arad Atar Arad - Viola
Distinguished soloist in prestigious festivals worldwide and Professor of Viola at the University of Indiana at Bloomington.
Pablo Aslan Pablo Aslan - Doublebass
Pablo’s recordings have been nominated for the 53rd Grammy’s and the 11th Latin Grammy Awards.
Ik-Hwan Bae Ik-Hwan Bae - Violin
Winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and Concertmaster of the Hwaum Chamber Orchestra in Korea
Alessio Bax Alessio Bax - Piano
Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant
Jeff Bradetich Jeff Bradetich - Doublebass
Double bass professor at the University of North Texas and can be heard on numerous award-winning recording labels.
Carter Brey Carter Brey - Cello
Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Octavio Brunetti Octavio Brunetti - Piano
Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo in the New York’s International Tango Competition.
Jesús Castro-Balbi Jesús Castro-Balbi - Cello
Winner of First Prize at the First “Carlos Prieto” Latin American Cello Competition in Mexico; the Aldo Parisot Prize at Yale; and the Schwartz Foundation - Salon de Virtuosi Award in New York City.
David Chan David Chan - Violin
Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and top prize winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition at the age of 17.
Che-Yen Chen Che-Yen Chen - Viola
First prize winner of the 2003 William Primrose Viola Competition and “Yuri Bashmet prize” winner of the 2003 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition.
Chih-Yi Chen Chih-Yi Chen - Piano
Pianist Chih-Yi Chen’s versatile qualities as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist have distinguished her as a rarity amongst pianists.
Jinjoo Cho Jinjoo Cho - Violin
2014 Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis
Naida Cole Naida Cole - Piano
Pianist Naida Cole has been hailed as "a dazzling star" by Gramophone magazine. She has quickly established a reputation as an individual artist with her own unique voice.
Paul Coletti Paul Coletti - Viola
Winner of the Naumberg International Competition in New York and Professor of Viola at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Luba Daneman Luba Daneman - Violin
Winner of the Chamber Music Competition at the Moscow Conservatory.
Héctor Del Curto Héctor Del Curto - Bandoneon
Received the Golden Note Award from the Italian – American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements as a Bandoneónist.
Susan Dubois Susan Dubois - Viola
Winner of the Tertis International Competition in England and Professor of Viola at the University of North Texas.
James Dunham James Dunham - Viola
Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Rice University. Former Violist with the Cleveland Quartet.
Anthony Elliott Anthony Elliott - Cello
"His emotional communication is often profound, and his glittering, silvery tone captivates the ear."
Anne Epperson Anne Epperson - Piano
Distinguished performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Music.
Norman Fischer Norman Fischer - Cello
Distinguished chamber music artist and professor of cello at Rice University
Leon Fleisher Leon Fleisher - Piano
Renowned as a pianist, conductor and teacher, now in his sixth decade before the public with the dynamic CD Two Hands.
Katherine Jacobson Fleisher Katherine Jacobson Fleisher - Piano
Katherine Jacobson Fleisher’s performing career as soloist, duo-pianist and chamber musician, has received international critical acclaim.
Grace Fong Grace Fong - Piano
Praised as a "true musical colourist with enormous style and taste," an artist of "rare eloquence and grace"
Aloysia Friedmann Aloysia Friedmann - Viola
Winner of the Artists International Competition; Founder and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in the Pacific Northwest.
Daphne Gerling Daphne Gerling - Viola
A multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist and solo performer.
Roland Glassl Roland Glassl - Viola
1st Prize Winner of the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England and Violist in the Mandelring String Quartet in Germany
Kenneth Goldsmith Kenneth Goldsmith - Violin
Professor of Violin at Rice University and Violinist of the Mirecourt Trio. He has taught on the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Yuval Gotlibovitch Yuval Gotlibovitch - Viola
First prizes in 2003 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (U.K) and the 2004 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (U.S.A)
Augustin Hadelich Augustin Hadelich - Violin
Winner 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Gold medal 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Jaymee Haefner Jaymee Haefner - Harp
Professor of Harp at the University of North Texas. Recent performances in Mexico, Moscow, and Prague.
Lynn Harrell Lynn Harrell - Cello
A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor, and teacher, his work throughout the world places him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists.
Desmond Hoebig Desmond Hoebig - Cello
First prize winner of the Munich International Competition, CBC Talent Competition and Canadian Music Competition, and an award winner in Moscow’s Tchaikowsky Competition.
Gary Hoffman Gary Hoffman - Cello
Internationally renowned as first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition International Competition in Paris (1986)
Deborah Hoffman Deborah Hoffman - Harp
Winner of the 1981 American Harp Society Competition and the 1978 Seventh International Harp Competition in Israel.
Gábor Homoki Gábor Homoki - Violin
Won the first prizes in 2005 and 2007 at the Ferenc Halász Violin Competition and at the Alíz Bárdos Violin Competition in Hungary.
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou Yi-Jia Susanne Hou - Violin
Gold Medalist, 3 International Violin Competitions: Concours Jacques Thibaud,1999; Lipizer,1999; Sarasate,1997.
Nai-Yuan Hu Nai-Yuan Hu - Violin
Gold Medallist of the 1985 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and highly distinguished concert and recording artist. Director of the Taiwan Connection Music Festival.
Helen Huang Helen Huang - Piano
Winner of Avery Fisher Career Grant and Arthur Rubinstein Prize
Sung-Mi Im Sung-Mi Im - Piano
“Her touch, phrasing, and sense of balance were magic” Tuscan Citizen.
Jun Iwasaki Jun Iwasaki - Violin
First prize winner of Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Los Angeles
Ko Iwasaki Ko Iwasaki - Cello
Winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.
Stephanie Jeong Stephanie Jeong - Violin
Associate Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and recipient of the Best Paginini Concerto Prize of the Paganini Violin Competition in Italy.
Clara-Jumi Kang Clara-Jumi Kang - Violin
Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal at the 8th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis where she also won five additional special prizes.
Sarah Kapustin Sarah Kapustin - Violin
Prizewinner in many competitions and distinguished soloist and chamber musician and member of the Atlas Piano Trio.
Barnabás Kelemen Barnabás Kelemen - Violin
Barnabás Kelemen’s performances at the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) “radiated such charisma that one could almost forget that anyone else had come before.”
Alex Kerr Alex Kerr - Violin
Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
David Kim David Kim - Violin
Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
Hyun Soo Kim Hyun Soo Kim - Piano
Collaborative Piano Faculty Member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent State University
Eric Kim Eric Kim - Cello
Received the first William Schuman Prize awarded for outstanding leadership and achievement in music from Juilliard
Katalin Kokas Katalin Kokas - Viola
Gold Medallist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and the Joseph Szigeti International Competition in Hungary.
Dóra Kokas Dóra Kokas - Cello
Winner of the First Prize at international cello-competitions: Várpalota–Hungary, Gorizia–Italy, Porec–Croatia, Zagreb–Croatia, and at the National Cello Competition in Szolnok.
Scott Lee Scott Lee - Viola
Winner of a Nathan Wedeen Management Award at the 1996 Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Philip Lewis Philip Lewis - Violin
Founder/Artistic Director of CMI; Professor of Violin, University of North Texas; Performs in festivals worldwide.
Jungshin Lim Lewis Jungshin Lim Lewis - Cello
Grand Prize Winner of the Dong-Ah International Competition in Korea and Principal Cellist with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.
Cho-Liang Lin Cho-Liang Lin - Violin
One of the finest virtuoso violinists in the world today.
Meng-Chieh Liu Meng-Chieh Liu - Piano
Performs with major orchestras world-wide; Faculty member, Curtis Institute of Music
Jon Manasse Jon Manasse - Clarinet
Principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and one of the nation´s most highly sought-after wind players.
Stefan Milenkovich Stefan Milenkovich - Violin
Recognized internationally for both exceptional artistry and his life-long commitment to humanitarianism
Michael Morrow Michael Morrow - French Horn
Second horn of the Dallas Opera and performs with the Dallas Wind Symphony.
Alexandre Moutouzkine Alexandre Moutouzkine - Piano
Winner of the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Spain.
Jon Nakamatsu Jon Nakamatsu - Piano
Grand Prize Winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Piano Competition.
Paul Neubauer Paul Neubauer - Viola
First violist chosen to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant
Hai-Ye Ni Hai-Ye Ni - Cello
Principal Cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Gail Niwa Gail Niwa - Piano
Gold Medalist at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition
Felix Olschofka Felix Olschofka - Violin
Winner of two 1st prizes in the prestigious German Youth Music Competition, 2nd prize of the International Chamber Music Competition “Charles Hennen” in the Netherlands.
Eugene Osadchy Eugene Osadchy - Cello
Associate Professor of Cello at the University of North Texas; Performs in music festivals throughout the USA and Canada
George Papich George Papich - Viola
Director of Chamber Music at the University of North Texas and distinguished violist.
Jon Kimura Parker Jon Kimura Parker - Piano
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston
Timothy Pitts Timothy Pitts - Doublebass
Internationally known double bassist and Professor of Double Bass at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
Anna Polonsky Anna Polonsky - Piano
Member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center
Joshua Roman Joshua Roman - Cello
Dubbed a “Classical Rock Star”, Joshua Roman has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with a commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level.
Gustavo Romero Gustavo Romero - Piano
Gold Medallist of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland; Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas
Nathaniel Rosen Nathaniel Rosen - Cello
Gold Medallist of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and highly distinguished concert and recording artist.
Paul Rosenthal Paul Rosenthal - Violin
Founder and Artistic Director of the Sitka Chamber Music Festival in Alaska, performs concerts and master classes worldwide.
Nikola Ruzevic Nikola Ruzevic - Cello
International performer and Professor of Cello, University of North Texas.
Frederieke Saeijs Frederieke Saeijs - Violin
1st Grand Prize Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, France (2005).
William Scharnberg William Scharnberg - French Horn
Principal horn of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and has been on the faculty at the University of North Texas since 1983.
André-Michel Schub André-Michel Schub - Piano
Grand Prize Winner of the 1981 Van Cliburn Piano Competition and a distinguished recording artist
John Scott John Scott - Clarinet
Internationally-known Clarinetist; Professor of Music at the University of North Texas
James Scott James Scott - Flute
Flutist, distinguished soloist and Dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas.
David Shifrin David Shifrin - Clarinet
One of only two wind players to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. Recipient of Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Michael Shih Michael Shih - Violin
Violinist Michael Shih, currently Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, has performed throughout the United States, his native Taiwan, and the rest of the world.
Satoshi Takeishi Satoshi Takeishi - Percussion
A drummer, percussionist, and an arranger from Mito, Japan, moved to Colombia to learn more about the South American tango music after graduating from the Berklee School of Music
Michael Tree Michael Tree - Viola
One of the most widely recorded musicians in America and founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet.
Bion Tsang Bion Tsang - Cello
Winner of an Avery Fisher grant and Bonze Medallist in the IX Tchaikovsky Competition.
Keng-Yuen Tseng Keng-Yuen Tseng - Violin
A native of Taiwan, Keng-Yuen Tseng began studying the violin at the age of five and made his performing debut at the age of seven.
Ivo-Jan van der Werff Ivo-Jan van der Werff - Viola
Professor of Viola at Rice University and Violist with the Medici String Quartet for 24 years.
William VerMeulen William VerMeulen - French Horn
Hailed as "an impeccable solo horn" by the Berlin Neue Zeit, William VerMeulen leads his generation of American Horn Soloists.
Joyce Yang Joyce Yang - Piano
Silver medalist at the 2005 Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
John Bruce Yeh John Bruce Yeh - Clarinet
A prizewinner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York
Carmit Zori Carmit Zori - Violin
Gold Medallist of the Naumberg and Leventritt International Competitions.