Soo Yeon Cho

Piano Faculty

Ms. Soo Yeon Cho received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees at The Juilliard School, 2004-2010 under the instruction of Robert McDonald. She is an honor graduate of the Peabody Preparatory in 2003. During her years at Peabody, she was the winner of many auditions and given opportunities to perform at various venues at the institution and other venues in the Washington D.C region. In the year 2003, she won the Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, celebrating the grand opening of the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Upon her graduation with many scholarships and prizes, she was the fourth prize winner in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and first prize winner in the two-piano ensemble category in the New York Piano Competition. In 2009 she was named the 3rd prize winner of the Kingsville Young Performers Competition.

Ms. Cho was honored to receive a various scholarships that were provided by The Juilliard School such as Irene Diamond Scholarship and Vladmir Horowitz Scholarship during her 6 years of stay at The Juilliard School. She is an active solo pianist as well as an avid chamber musician. During summer of 2007 and 2008, she was invited to participate in Piano Masterclass Program in Banff and studied with Marc Durand, Julian Martin, and Robert McDonald and also gave a several public performance during her stay at Banff. Ms. Cho appeared in recitals at Paul Hall, The Juilliard School as a solo pianist and also chamber musician with her colleagues. She especially loves collaborating with a violinist. In 2009, she played with a violinist as a chamber ensemble under the instruction of Kyung Wha Chung and Jonathan Feldman.

Last November, she appeared with Rutgers Symphony Orchestra as a soloist after winning the concerto competition at Rutgers University where now she's pursuing her doctoral degree in piano performance, studying with Dr. Min Kwon.

Music is like a mirror image of the ones who create/play it. I believe that teaching music is not just about playing the right notes, right rhythms, or knowing music theory; it is about telling a story, communicating with your own voice. I teach students how to utilize his/her voice to deliver what’s behind hundreds of music notes given in front of them. In order to succeed, I, myself, try to communicate with each one of my students, get to know them, and find what’s needed for him/her - which varies from one individual to another.

I have taught many stuents of different ages who need help preparing competitions, auditions, performances, or etc but I’m always open to share with my passion and love of music with anybody who’s willing to take this musical journey with me!