Eunghee Cho, artistic director/cello
Born in Davis, California, American cellist Eunghee Cho was recently awarded Second Prize and the special award for Outstanding Chinese New Piece Performance at the Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. He graduated magna cum laude and as a Steven & Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Minor in Natural Science.
He has appeared as soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and on numerous occasions with the Sacramento State University Symphony. Eunghee has actively participated in classes at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and Académie Musicale de Villecroze, and has worked closely with distinguished professors such as Steven Doane, Colin Carr, Norman Fischer, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Philharmonie Quartet of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Orion quartets in master classes.
He has held principal chairs in the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia, and CMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as Guest Principal with numerous orchestras including Cape Symphony and Unitas Ensemble. He has worked under the baton of such luminaries as Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Gerard Schwarz, Carl St. Clair and Jung-Ho Pak. He earned First Prize in the USC Solo Bach Competition, the Sacramento Philharmonic League JAMMIES Concerto Competition, and was awarded top prize in the High School Classical Soloist category by Downbeat Student Music Awards. He has received scholarship support from the Sacramento Philharmonic Scholarship League Society and the USC Trojans Scholar Society.
As an avid chamber musician, Eunghee has performed with artists such as Midori Goto, François Salque, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, William Barbini, and Kineko Okumura. He has performed with A Far Cry, Da Camera Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. Previous festival engagements include the Taos School of Music, Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival International d'Echternach, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Rencontres Franco Americaines de Musique Chambre in Missillac, France.
He began studying the piano at the age of five and later began his cello studies with Julie Hochman at the age of eight. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of distinguished cellist Paul Katz. His previous instructors include Andrew Shulman, Andrew Luchansky, Julie Hochman, and Richard Andaya. Outside of music, Eunghee can be found engaging in such activities as pick-up soccer or dawdling in a local coffee shop.