Violinist Jinjoo Cho is redefining what it means to be a classical artist in the 21st Century as a charismatic soloist, dynamic and engaging chamber musician, dedicated teacher, innovative artistic director, and published writer.
Jinjoo’s technical and artistic skills have been tested and proven as first prize winner of some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, such as the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and Concours musical international de Montréal, in addition to the Buenos Aires, Schoenfeld, and Stulberg Competitions. She performs regularly in renowned international venues and festivals such as the Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, Herkulessaal in Munich, Schwetzingen SWR Festspiele, Seoul Arts Center and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Jinjoo appears as a soloist with distinguished orchestras around the world such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia de Madrid, and Phoenix Symphony, collaborating with conductors James Gaffigan, Michael Stern, Kent Nagano, Jaime Laredo, and Mathieu Herzog.
Passionate about pedagogy, Jinjoo has taught at some of the most reputable conservatories in the United States, such as the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College and Conservatory. Since 2018, Jinjoo has held the position of Assistant Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, and serves as the Founding Artistic Director of the ENCORE Chamber Music Institute, a summer festival that offers young musicians an experience of true immersion as chamber musicians. Jinjoo’s dedication to nurturing the next generation of young musicians stems directly from the influence of her mentors Paul Kantor and Jaime Laredo.
Jinjoo is a consummate recording artist. Her album, La Capricieuse (SONY Classical), garnered critical and commercial success in her home country of Korea. In 2021, a new Saint-Saëns album was released by Naïve Classical with Ensemble Appassionato, conducted by her dear friend Mathieu Herzog. Jinjoo also published her first book, Would I Shine Someday, in 2021.
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