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Joo Cho, soprano



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The South Korean soprano Joo Cho graduated with a degree in singing from Chung-Ang University in Seoul. She then went on to complete two degrees summa cum laude in Singing and Vocal Chamber Music at the “Verdi” Conservatoire in Milan (Italy). She continued her studies with artists such as Peter Schreier, Jaume Aragall and Ernesto Palacio. She won the first prize in many competitions, such as the “Giulio Neri” International Singing Competition in Torrita di Siena. (Italy) and the “Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition” (UK).
She sang leading roles in several productions at the Opera House in Seoul including: Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), La Bohème (Musetta), Un ballo in maschera (Oscar). In Austria she participated in the 2006 e 2007 Tiroler Festspiele Erl in Das Ring des Nibelungen (Woglinde) and Parsifal (Erste Blumenmädchen), under Gustav Kuhn.
Cho also has an active concert career in Oratorio and Sacred Music. She has sung Elias by Mendelssohn, Mirjams Siegesgesang by Schubert (under Romano Gandolfi), Betulia liberata by Mozart, Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Mozart’s Requiem (under Donato Renzetti), Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler (under Kevin Hill), Chants d’Auvergne by Canteloube, Mahler’s 4th Symphony (under John Anderson), Beethoven’s Mass in C and Schubert’s Mass in G (under Christopher Fifield).
Joo Cho is particularly interested in Lied repertoire, and she has participed in Masterclasses held by such specialists as Helmut Deutsch, Irwin Gage and Dalton Baldwin. She has sung Lied Concerts worldwide in venues such as: Großer Saal der Musikhochschule in Lübeck (Germany), Mozarteum Wiener Saal in Salzburg (Austria), Salle Cortot in Paris (France), Sala della Musica in Lugano (Switzerland), Museum of Art National University in Seoul (South Korea), Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon (UK), Salone del Conservatorio in Torino, Casa della Musica in Parma and Festival MITO in Milano (Italy).
Joo Cho has also been noted for her ability to sing twentieth century and contemporary music. Her repertoire includes not only 20th century classics such as Pierrot Lunaire by Schönberg but also many world premieres such as Nel tuo silenzio by Giacomo Manzoni (Milano, 2010), Sette by Niccolò Castiglioni, for soprano and orchestra (Erl, 2005: conducted by Tito Ceccherini) and Milano 2005 by Gustav Kuhn, for soprano, violin and orchestra (Milano, Sala Verdi, with Salvatore Accardo violin).


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