Paul Won Jin Cho, clarinet
Join the Department of Music as we kick off our Faculty Lunchtime Recital Series as we welcome Paul Won Jin Cho to present an exciting clarinet recital of repertoire spanning generations.
Born and raised in South Korea, Paul Won Jin Cho picked up the clarinet at the age of 11. After winning first place at the Donga Competition in Seoul, Mr. Cho was exempted from the national army service and moved to the US. His continued endeavors led him to win the Koussevitzky Young Artists Award, the Leni Fe Bland Scholarship, T. D. Nyfenger Memorial Prize, and the Dean’s Prize at Yale School of Music.
Passionate about orchestral playing, Cho served as principal clarinet at the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Myung-Hun Chung, James Levine, and Kent Nagano among others. He performed concertos with The Yale Philharmonic, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, and the Sebastian Chamber Players with whom he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on period basset clarinet.
As a core member with Decoda, Quintet of the Americas, Cho also enjoys playing in Broadway pit orchestra in Les Misérables and Fiddler on the Roof. On Sundays, he frequently appears at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church weekly services. As a principal clarinet, he will be playing with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra starting this fall.
As a conductor, Cho serves as a resident conductor of Albano Ballet in Hartford, CT where he conducts Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker every Christmas season. He has also conducted the Columbia Doctor’s Orchestra, and spent a summer at Bard College participating in the Conductor’s Institute. He serves as a director of New Living Voices choir of New Frontier Church.
After graduating from Yale, University of Southern California, Seoul National University and Korean National University of Arts, Cho completed his fellowship with Ensemble ACJW in 2012. As a fellow, Cho collaborated with Pablo Heras-Casado, Meredith Monk, Sir Simon Rattle, Jessica Rivera, and David Robertson, and taught at P.S. 200 in Brooklyn. These days, he shares his love of playing with students at New York Music School in Tenafly, NJ.
Program *repertoire subject to change
Joplin’s New Rag Scott Joplin (1867-1917)
Five Movements for Solo Clarinet Sam Sadigursky (b. 1979)
Paraclete for Solo Clarinet Tawnie Olson (b. 1974)
I. Too deep for words…
Ausencias Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
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