Kwang Ho Cho

Composition Prize 2013

Born in 1987 in Pyeong Taek, Korea, Kwang Ho Cho started violin studies since 1992. In 1994, He composed his first opus for violin and piano "Theme and Variation in D minor".

In June 2000, he won 3rd Prize in Metropolitan Office of Education Violin Competition. 1998~2005, he performed in numerous concerts as a violinist in YMCA, Pun-dang, and Nowon Youth Orchestra. In 2007, he entered the Faculty of Music in Yonsei University. In 2008, he founded “SUM”, a group of composers that has given a number of concerts since its foundation. In 2009, he followed a masterclass with Thierry Escaich. In 2011, he won the Composition Prize of George Enescu International Competition for chamber music composition. In 2012, his works were world premiered at one of Seoul Culture Festival’s concerts. In 2013, he won the Composition Prize of the 68th Geneva Competition.

He conducted in various occasions including the “House Concert by Chang-soo Park”, Seoul Creation music festival. He also performed as a pianist Seoul Culture Night, Fringe Festival, etc.

He composed pop music while working for SJ Factory, Japan’s popular music company, performed jazz pieces in Korean concerts, gave lectures on “K-Pop Making” at KT&G, composed pieces for movies and animations, worked as a music director for musical productions. He has hence attempted working with  various kinds of music, and is currently interested in searching for “modern romanticism”, regardless of musical genres.

He is currently studying with Chung Mook Kim at Yonsei University, where he is majoring in composition and psychology while minoring in French literature. He works as a composer, music director and conductor.