Cellist, Brannon Cho is quickly gaining recognition as one of the top talents of his generation. Winner of the ‘City of Brussels’ Prize and the title of ‘Laureate’ at the first ever Queen Elisabeth International Competition for cello, Cho’s other notable prizes include the Second Prize at the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition, Third Prize at the 2013 Cassadó International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2012 Johansen International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Mondavi Center Founders Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Skokie Valley Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Silver Medal at the 2012 Stulberg International Competition, the Silver Medal from the National YoungArts Foundation in 2013, and the Grand Prize at the 2010 ASTA National Solo Competition. In 2015, Cho received the Birte Moller Young Artist Award from the Center for Musical Excellence, and subsequently performed in Carnegie Hall.
Cho has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, most notably the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pyeongchang Music Festival Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Cho has performed with Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Philip Setzer, Stephen Williamson, Barbara Westphal, and went on a chamber music tour with Joshua Bell to New York City, London, Washington D.C., and Miami. Cho has participated in several prestigious summer festivals, such as the Verbier Festival Academy, the Heifetz Institute, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Encounters. Cho’s 2016-2017 season solo performance highlights include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Bargemusic Masterworks Series, the Schubert Club of St. Paul, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Cho completed his Bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music with Hans Jørgen Jensen, and will begin studying at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser in the prestigious Artist Diploma program in the Fall. Cho plays on a rare cello made by Antonio Casini in 1668 in Modena, Italy.