Artist Bio

Brannon Cho, cello

Born in 1994, Brannon Cho began studying the cello at age seven with Marnie Kaller. He attended the Meadowmount School of Music from an early age, where he met Hans Jørgen Jensen, with whom he still studies today. Cho’s notable prizes include Sixth Prize in the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Second Prize at the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and Third Prize at the 2013 Cassado International Cello Competition. He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, most notably the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the PyeongChang Music Festival Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Philip Setzer, Stephen Williamson, and 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 and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Encounters. His 2016–2017 season highlights include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Bargemusic Masterworks Series, and the Schubert Club of St. Paul. Brannon Cho studies at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and plays on a rare cello made by Antonio Casini in 1668 in Modena, Italy.