Hyejin Cho, piano
December 15, 2021
Dame Myra Hess Concerts
Dave Schwan, host
Cécile Chaminade (1857 – 1944) – Écossaise, Op. 151 (1915) (4’)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) – Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11 (1832-35) (32’)
I. Introduzione: Un poco adagio — Allegro vivace
III. Scherzo e Intermezzo: Allegrissimo — Lento
IV. Allegro un poco maestoso
Pianist Hyejin Cho is a highly active performer with recent concerts across the U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea. Her enthusiasm for Robert Schumann led her to develop the concert series of piano works by Robert Schumann, a project that she has established in six different states – Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and Utah. The Schumann project has been supported by the Missouri Arts Council, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship (University of Illinois), University of Michigan Research Grant, and OMF Music Resources. Her Schumann performances and interviews on the project have been broadcast, including live streaming of her performance on WFMT 98.7FM and Wheaton College Artist Series. Her first Schumann album will be released under Sheva Collection (UK recording label) in 2021. In addition, Cho has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras, the most recent was with the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jun-Hee Han, playing the Mozart Concertos K. 451 and K. 488 in five cities in northern Illinois.
Along with her solo career, Cho is very passionate about chamber music, having had extensive collaborative performance experiences. She is a founding member of the American Prize winner Koinonia Piano Trio, a performing and teaching ensemble that has performed in New York, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Alaska and 5 cities in Europe as a part of a tour in Austria, Germany and Italy. In addition, she has collaborated with internationally renowned artists, including Gilles Apap, Danielle Belen, Aaron Berofsky, Maximilian Dimoff, Arianna Dotto, Nathan Giem, David Halen, Chee-Yun Kim, Jonathan Ruck, Yizhak Schotten, and members of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra among others. Her passion for collaboration also brought her to numerous music festivals, including the Innsbrook Institute, Maui Classical Music Festival, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Center Stage Strings and University of Oklahoma Summer String Academy.
In addition to performing, Cho is an enthusiastic educator teaching piano, chamber music and collaborative piano at institutions and music festivals. She currently serves on the piano faculty at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Previously, she held positions at the University of Michigan, Truman State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Center Stage Strings, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, and Innsbrook Institute. In addition, as an enthusiastic supporter of communities, she strives to bring high-quality music education and performance to communities where they do not enjoy the advantage of it. As a member of Stateline Music Foundation, Cho organizes scholarship auditions for the students in the Northern Illinois area, and plays regularly in the area.
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Cho graduated from Ewha Women’s University as a Valedictorian. After graduation, she came to the United States, studying with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and earning a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma in Piano. She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan under Christopher Harding with a concurrent Master’s degree in Chamber Music.
Cho currently resides in the Chicago area with her conductor/pianist husband, Jun-Hee Han.
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