Born in Davis, California, American cellist Eunghee Cho was recently awarded Second Prize and the special award for Outstanding Chinese New Piece Performance at the Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. He began studying cello with Julie Hochman at the age of eight, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Minor in Natural Science from the University of Southern California’s Thorton School of Music, where he earned First Prize in the Solo Bach Competition. He is currently a Doctoral student of distinguished pedagogue Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, where he also completed his Master's degree. His previous instructors include Paul Katz, Andrew Shulman, Andrew Luchansky, and Richard Andaya.
Mr. Cho has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around the country including the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra. Currently Principal Cellist of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Cho also frequently leads the cello sections of the Cape Symphony, Unitas Ensemble, and Eureka Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Eunghee has collaborated with artists such as Midori Goto, David Shifrin, François Salque, and Kineko Okumura, and has performed as a guest artist with A Far Cry, Da Camera Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. He has participated in classes at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France, and has attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Rencontres Franco Americaines de Musique Chambre in Missillac, France. Mr. Cho is the Artistic Director of the inaugural Mellon Music Festival in Davis, CA. He performs on a 1930 Anselmo Gotti cello on generous loan by the Colburn Foundation.