© Kwang Ho Cho
Kwang Ho Cho, born in 1987 in Pyeongtaek (Korea), has studied the violin since 1992. In 1994, he composed his first opus for violin and piano, Theme and Variation in D minor.
In June 2000, he won Third Prize at the Gyeonggi Metropolitan Office of Education Violin Competition. Between 1998 and 2005, he performed in numerous concerts as a violinist at YMCA, Pun-dang, and with the Nowon Youth Orchestra. In 2007, he entered the Faculty of Music at Yonsei University, where he studied with Chung-Mook Kim. In 2008, he founded SUM, a group of composers that has given a number of concerts since its foundation. In 2009, he took a master class with Thierry Escaich. In 2011, he won the Composition Prize of George Enescu International Competition for Chamber Music Composition. In 2012, his works were given a world premiere at one of the Seoul Culture Festival’s concerts. And in 2013, he won the Reine Marie José Prize, the First Prize of the 68th Geneva Competition.
He has conducted at various venues, including the House Concert by Chang-soo Park and the, Seoul Creation Music Festival. He has also performed as a pianist at the Seoul Culture Night, Fringe Festival and other events.
Cho has composed pop music, performed jazz pieces in Korean concerts, composed pieces for movies and animations and worked as a music director for musical productions. He has thus attempted to work with various kinds of music, and is currently interested in searching for “modern romanticism”, regardless of musical genre.
He recently completed his studies, taking a major in composition and psychology and a minor in French Literature. He now works as a composer and music director.
“Garden of Silence I” for daegeum, clarinet (doubles as bass clarinet), oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano
© Kwang Ho Cho
"This composition is the first of a two-part series. I imagined a forest in which the setting sun is framed by the branches of trees as a silent and mysterious garden. I begin with an Impressionistic harmony and Romantic melody, which I reinterpret using the means of contemporary music. In this piece, I want to give expression to my idea of Romanticism."