October 19-24, 2015

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Sung-Soo Cho

South Korea

Korean pianist, Sung-Soo Cho continues to captivate the audience with profound interpretations of musical depth. Praised for his techniques and command at the piano, his wide musical perception has drawn the audience. Awarded for “Best American Contemporary Performance” at The Cincinnati World Piano Competition and “Best Performance of the Commissioned Work” at Texas State International Piano Competition, he especially enjoys broadening his passion for contemporary music.

Mr. Cho has been a worldwide prizewinner in numerous competitions including the International Piano Competition "Delia Steinberg" in Madrid, Spain, the Suri Music Concours, the JoongAng Music Concours in Korea, the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the 5 Towns Music and Art Foundation Young Musician Competition in New York, the Glasgow International Competition for Young Pianists, Texas State International Piano Competition, and The Cincinnati World Piano Competition.

He has appeared as a soloist throughout the continents. He has appeared with various orchestras including the Prime Philharmonic of Korea, the Festival Chamber Orchestra of Lublin Philharmonic, The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, and The Round Rock Symphony.

His performance highlights include solo performances in various venues throughout Korea, the United States and Europe. He has performed at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Artist Service Seoul, and the Kumho Art Hall.

Mr. Cho started his musical studies at the age of five in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from Yewon Arts Middle School, Seoul Arts High School, Seoul National University, and Manhattan School of Music. His former teachers include Phillip Kawin and Hyoung-Joon Chang. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Cleveland Institute of Music under the world-renowned pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

As he believes in outreach for teaching, he is currently working as a music apprentice through Cleveland Institute of Music Distance Learning. He serves as an adjunct faculty in piano and a choir accompanist• sectional coach at Notre Dame College.

For more information on Mr. Cho, please visit his website at www.sungsoocho.com.

Program: 

First Round
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No.16 in G minor, BWV 885,  WTC II
Chopin Etude Op. 25 ,No.8
Debussy Etude No.6, Pour les huit doigts
Brahms Variation on a theme of Paganini, Op.35

Semifinal Round
Haydn Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI:32
Liszt Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto
Debussy Preludes Book 2: III. La puerta del Vino,
IV. Les  Fees sont d’exquises danseuses,
VIII. Ondine
Preludes Book 1: VII. Ce qu’a vu le Vent d’Ouest,  V. Les Collines d’Anacapri
Stravinsky/Agosil L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird)

Final Round
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op.54

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