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Sung-Soo Cho


Korean pianist Sung-Soo Cho continues to captivate audiences with profound interpretations of musical depth. Praised for his technique and command at the piano, his wide musical perception has drawn critical acclaim. Awarded “Best American Contemporary Performance” at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and “Best Performance of the Commissioned Work” at the Texas State International Piano Competition, he especially enjoys broadening his passion for contemporary music. One of his new projects includes a CD "Minimum | Maximum | Modern Piano Music by American Composers" which will be released in March 2016 by Albany Records.

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, New York International Music Concours, Glasgow International Competition for Young Pianists, The United States Virtuoso International Piano Competition, Texas State International Piano Competition, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition.

Mr. Cho has appeared as a soloist throughout the world, including appearances with 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 Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Artist Service Seoul, and the Kumho Art Hall. He is also a pianist at Lake George Music Festival, a strong supporter of contemporary classical music. He has premiered many new works by leading contemporary composers at this vibrant festival.

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 tutelage of Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

He serves as an adjunct faculty in piano and a collaborative pianist in residence at Notre Dame College. He also works as a music apprentice and performer through Cleveland Institute of Music Distance Learning Center to reach even further with his teaching.

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If only people flocked to recitals the way they throng the retail outlets on “Black Friday,” they would have been treated to an exceptional young artist of great promise. Sung-Soo Cho looks all of age twelve, but he is probably double that, considering that he is pursuing a doctorate and also teaching at the college level.

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