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Gold-medal violinist to perform in Roche series

Monday, April 4, 2016

Acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho will perform April 11 at Mercyhurst University in the final installment of this year’s Roche Visiting Artists Series. Gold Medalist at the most recent Indianapolis International Violin Competition, she’ll offer the local audience a preview of her June debut recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra. The Erie recital will include works of Clara Schumann, Debussy and the Waxman Carmen Fantasy.

She’ll perform Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall (located in Mercyhurst’s Hirt Academic Center). The following afternoon at 2 in Walker Recital Hall she’ll present a masterclass for music students in the D’Angelo Department of Music. Both events are free and open to the public.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Jinjoo moved to Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 14 to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She’s still based in Cleveland, where she is on the faculty of both the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College.

She made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at age 17. Since then, she has won numerous international awards including the First Prize and Orchestra Award at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in 2010, 2nd Laureate at the 2011 Isang Yun International Music Competition, First Grand Prize at the Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition, and the Dorothy DeLay Award at the Aspen Music Festival.

Passionate about arts education and audience engagement, she founded the Encore Chamber Music Institute, a program for Cleveland high school and college students that will present its inaugural season in summer 2016. On the opposite side of the globe, she’s involved with Classical Revolution Korea, in which musicians travel across Korea to give free concerts and meet audiences in cafés. She recently started writing a column in the performing arts magazine Auditorium titled “The Art of Practice.”

Jinjoo finished her Bachelor of Music degree at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank and Paul Kantor, who has been her mentor since 2001. She also earned her Master of Music and Professional Studies degree from CIM, studying with Jaime Laredo.

Now in its 27th season, the Visiting Artists Series was founded by music professor Dr. Albert Glinsky to introduce local audiences to an eclectic array of acclaimed soloists and ensembles. All events are presented to the community at no charge thanks to the generosity of the Terry and Margaret M. Roche Family.

For more information, contact Dr. Glinsky at