Eun-Hwa Cho | Photo: Jong-Woo Lee
Eun-Hwa Cho was born in Busan, Korea and studied composition at the College of Music, Seoul National University. She completed further studies of composition and music theory at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. After teaching as a lecturer in the composition departments of both the Korean and German music colleges from which she had graduated, she worked as an associate professor at Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea. Currently, she is a professor for composition at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.
By merging the different styles of western avant-garde music and traditional Korean music, as well as through identifying the potential of traditional instrumentation, she combines modes of Korean tradition and Western modernity with new musical elements and grammar. She also actively collaborates with artists in other fields, including theater, fine arts and dance.
Her compositions have been performed in such major concerts and festivals worldwide as the Ultraschall Festival of New Music in Berlin, the Wittener Tagen for new chamber music, the International Festival for New Music in Darmstadt, Music Today 21 in Tokyo, the International Festival Musical Olympus in St. Petersburg and the Arcana Festival in St. Gallen, Austria. Famous ensembles and orchestras that have performed her works include Modern Art Sextett, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble recherche, Arditti Quartet, Tokyo Sinfonietta, the WDR Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea. She has also won several major music awards both at home and abroad, including the Busoni-Composition Prize in 2008, the Grand Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium for Composition in 2008 and the Grand Prize at the Korea Composition Awards in 2014.