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Kwang Ho Cho

Composition Prize 2013

Born in 1987 in Pyeong Taek, Korea, Kwang Ho Cho started violin studies since 1992. Thanks to his father, a great lover of music, he grew up listening to classical, jazz, pop, world music and so on. 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 Gyeonggi 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. He currently quit school where he majored in composition and psychology minored in French literature.

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 Rein Marie Jose Prize(68th Geneva competition). and 2015, he awarded 'the audience prize' in 2015 Asian Composers Showcase. and he awarded ‘honorable mention award’ in 2017 Frederic Mompou composition award.

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.

Biography updated on 21.07.2020 |