"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."
Pianist Hyejin Cho is a highly active performer with recent concerts across the U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea. Her enthusiasm for Robert Schumann led her to develop 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. The Schumann project has been supported by the Missouri Arts Council, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship (University of Illinois), University of Michigan Research Grant, and OMF Music Resources. Her Schumann performances and interviews on the project have been broadcast, including live streaming of her performance on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series on WFMT 98.7FM and Wheaton College Artist Series. Her first Schumann album will be released under Sheva Collection (UK recording label) in 2021. Furthermore, she published an article “What makes Robert Schumann Schumann: Schumann’s creation of fantasy borrowed from literature, especially E. T. A. Hoffmann’s novel The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr (OMF Music Resources).” 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 has played in public concerts from the 2021-22 season. In addition, Cho has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras, the most recent was with the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jun-Hee Han, playing the Mozart Concertos K. 451 and K. 488 in five cities in northern Illinois.
Along with her solo career, Cho is very passionate about chamber music, having had extensive collaborative performance experiences. She is a founding member of the American Prize winner Koinonia Piano Trio, 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. In addition, she has collaborated with internationally renowned artists, including Gilles Apap, Danielle Belen, Aaron Berofsky, Maximilian Dimoff, Arianna Dotto, Nathan Giem, David Halen, Jesse Krebs, Chee-Yun Kim, Jonathan Ruck, Yizhak Schotten, and members of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Calidore String 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.
In addition to performing, Cho is an enthusiastic educator teaching piano, chamber music and collaborative piano at institutions and music festivals. She currently serves on the piano faculty at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Previously, she held positions at the University of Michigan, Truman State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Center Stage Strings, Anchorage Chamber Music Festivals, Innsbrook Institute, and String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan. In addition, as an enthusiastic supporter of communities, she strives to bring high-quality music education and performance to communities where they do not enjoy the advantage of it. As a member of Stateline Music Foundation, Cho organizes and coordinates scholarship auditions and workshops for the students in the Northern Illinois area and plays in the area regularly.
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.
Cho currently resides in the Chicago area with her conductor/pianist husband, Jun-Hee Han.