"Such a sensitive player...I would buy a ticket for her concert."
Beaux Arts Trio, Indiana University
"Your playing was so musical, sensitive, and full of color.
You gave yourself so deeply to the music that I was completely engaged by your performance and very moved by it.
Your technique went beyond the typical pianistic virtuosity, displaying incredible tonal control, right down to the softest sounds."
Karin Edwards, Wheaton College
Pianist Hyejin Cho has been praised for her great sensitivity and a profound ability to reach any audience with an enriching message. She is an active performer with recent recitals across the U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea. Frequently invited as a guest artist, Cho has recently given solo recitals at institutions such as Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northern Illinois University, Wheaton College, and Truman State University as a part of the concert series of piano works by Robert Schumann, a project that she has established in six different states – Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and Utah. In 2021, Cho will bring the series to the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series (Chicago, IL), in which she will be featured twice in 2021 in one concert as a piano soloist and the other as Duo Cho-Dotto with violinist Arianna Dott0. The first album of the Schumann project will be released through the Orpheus Classical in May 2021. The Schumann project has been supported by the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowships (University of Illinois), Research Grant (University of Michigan), and OMF Music Resources (https://www.omfmusicresources.com/). Other than the Schumann project, Cho is developing a project on female composers with a mission to create an equal platform for female composers. Currently, Cho is researching unknown works by Cécile Chaminade and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, which she will be playing in public concerts in 2021. As a concerto soloist, Cho recently played the Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Mozart Concertos K. 453 and 488 in four cities in northern Illinois with the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra.
As a passionate chamber musician, Cho has had extensive collaborative performance experiences. She is a founding member of the American Prize winner Koinonia Piano Trio (https://koinoniatrio.com/), a performing and teaching ensemble that has performed in New York, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Alaska and 5 cities in Europe as a part of a tour in Austria, Germany and Italy. As a vibrant and service-minded ensemble, the trio has established several performance residencies and given outreach concerts and workshops. The trio received many grants such as the Binkow grant of $10,000 for European tour and recording projects. In addition, she has collaborated with internationally renowned artists, including Gilles Apap, Aaron Berofsky, Nathan Giem, David Halen, Yizhak Schotten, Matthew Lipman, Maximilian Dimoff, and members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Calidore Quartet among others. Her passion for collaboration also brought her to numerous music festivals, including the Innsbrook Institute, Maui Classical Music Festival, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Center Stage Strings and University of Oklahoma Summer String Academy.
A serious scholar, Cho is devoted to researching right taste and interpretation. Her enthusiasm for Robert Schumann has led her to write an article “What makes Robert Schumann Schumann: Schumann’s creation of fantasy borrowed from literature, especially E. T. A. Hoffman’s novel The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr.” The article is published by OMF Music Resources (https://www.omfmusicresources.com/).
In addition to performing, Cho is an enthusiastic teacher, having served as an Instructor of Piano at the University of Michigan and also on the piano faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Center Stage Strings, Anchorage Chamber Music Festivals, Innsbrook Institute, and String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan. Currently, she works at Truman State University, where she works with student instrumentalists and vocalists.
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Cho graduated from Ewha Women's University as a Valedictorian. After graduation, she came to the United States, studying with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and earning a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma in Piano. In 2018, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan under Christopher Harding with a concurrent Master’s degree in Chamber Music under Amy I-Lin Cheng, Martin Katz and Christopher Harding. Additional studies include private piano study with Wonmi Kim in Italy, fortepiano with Eunji Lee at Indiana University, and harpsichord with Dawn Kalis at Indiana University.