The former winner of the Indianapolis and Montreal violin competitions will take up the role of associate professor of violin from September 2024


Violinist Jinjoo Cho © Kyutai Shim

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South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho has been appointed associate professor of violin at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, effective from 1 September 2024.

’Jinjoo Cho’s resume as a performer is distinguished in its own right, but she is equally impressive as an educator,’ said Jonathan Bailey Holland, dean of the Bienen School of Music. ’Her forward-looking energy, rigorous yet supportive pedagogical approach, and creativity will complement and strengthen the Bienen School faculty. We are thrilled to welcome her to Northwestern.’

As an educator, she is the founding artistic director of ENCORE Chamber Music Institute and assistant professor of violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She has previously served on the violin faculties at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. Cho has served on the official jury panel of international competitions such as the Indianapolis (USA, 2022) and Schoenfeld (China, 2024) competitions, and on the screening committee of the Montréal (Canada, 2019/2023) and Premio Paganini (Italy, 2023) competitions. 

First prize winner of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and Concours musical international de Montréal, in addition to Buenos Aires, Schoenfeld, and Stulberg Competitions, Cho has toured on concert stages around the world since the age of 11. She performs at concert halls and festivals worldwide including the Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Aspen Music Festival, Gilmore Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest (US), Banff Centre, Festival de Lanaudière (Canada), La Seine Musicale, Aigues-Vives Music Festival (France), Kronberg Academy, Schwetzingen Festspiele, Herkulessaal (Germany), Teatro Colón (Argentina), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea).

As a soloist, Cho has appeared with numerous orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia de Madrid, Ensemble Appassionato, Seoul Philharmonic, and the North Carolina, Phoenix, and Charlotte symphonies. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists including Gary Hoffman, Andreas Ottensamer, Ray Chen, Itamar Golan, Roger Tapping, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Vadim Gluzman, and Clive Greensmith. In 2021, she formed Trio Seoul with pianist Kyu Yeon Kim and cellist and Bienen School alumnus Brannon Cho.

Cho has produced four albums on the Naïve Classique, Sony Classical, Azica and Analekta labels. She has commissioned new works by composers Juri Seo and Andrew Rindfleisch as well as collaborated with artists of other disciplines such as dancer/choreographer Jinyeob Cha. In 2021, Cho’s first book, Shine Someday, was listed as a bestseller on major book platforms in Korea.

Cho received her musical training from the Cleveland Institute of Music and studied with Paul Kantor and Jaime Laredo. 

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