Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging and charismatic violinists of her generation. Gold Medalist of the Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of the Indianapolis held in 2014, Jinjoo made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at age 17. Times Argus of Montreal proclaimed her performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto as possessing “an undeniable charisma and depth…with an intense lyricism and heartfelt tenderness that sent shivers up the spine.”
Jinjoo has concertized throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe, performing as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina) among many others. She has been privileged to perform with renowned artists Yoel Levi, Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Michael Stern, James Gaffigan, Robert McDuffie, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping and Anton Nel.
Jinjoo gave her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium concerto debut with the New York String Orchestra this season in addition to appearing with the Greensboro, Grand Junction, North Carolina, Indianapolis, Vermont, Phoenix, KBS (Korea), Orquestra Sinfônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil) symphonies and the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra (China). Jinjoo’s recitals at Bard College, Brattleboro Music Center, Dame Myra Hess, Indiana University, Mercyhurst University, La Jolla Music Society, Linton Chamber Music, Chamber Music International, The Rockefeller University and the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami culminated with her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut in June. Highlights of the 2016-2017 season are concerto engagements with Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia de Madrid, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Hawaii, Canton, Delaware, North Carolina, Richmond and Santa Fe symphonies.
Jinjoo’s biggest passion is arts education and audience engagement. She is the founder of a new chamber music program for high school and college students in Cleveland, Ohio named ENCORE Chamber Music. The chamber music festival and institute will have its inaugural season this summer. Additionally, Jinjoo is on the part-time faculty of Oberlin Conservatory teaching violin and coaching chamber music and has recently been appointed Teacher of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music for the 2016-17 academic year. Another project of hers on the opposite side of the globe is Classical Revolution Korea, where musicians travel all across Korea to give free concerts and meet audiences in cafés.
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. 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. She received her Master of Music and Professional Studies degree from CIM, having studied with Jaime Laredo. Jinjoo has spent the summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Music@Menlo and the Chamber Music Residency Program at The Banff Centre with her pianist Hyun Soo Kim as Duo Istas. Duo Istas regularly tours in North America with intensely creative programs that feature seldom played works and contemporary repertoire.