Davis Senior High School senior Eunghee Cho began studying cello with Julie Hochman at the age of eight, has studied with Richard Andaya and Barbara Bogatin, and currently studies with Andrew Luchansky (2012). Since the age of 10, Eunghee participated in the Davis schools music program and is was principal cellist of the Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra.
At 11, he placed first in the regional American String Teachers’ Association (ASTA) Solo Competition (novice division) two years in a row, and received scholarships from the Sacramento Philharmonic League in 2007 and 2008. He participated in several music festivals and camps since the age of eight, including the International Youth Music Festival in San Francisco, Sequoia Summer Chamber Music Workshop, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento Winter Chamber Music Workshop, and Music by the Sea.
In 2007, he toured the capitals of Finland, Estonia, and Russia where he performed in a quartet as well as with the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra. After spending 5 years in the Sacramento Youth Symphony program, he was then accepted into the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO), in which he is currently spending his fourth season and next summer will participate in the SFSYO 2012 European Tour.
In 2010, he attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute after being accepted into the two-week String Quartet program, then for 6 additional weeks in the Young Artists Orchestra program after being offered a full scholarship where he was principal cellist for the final orchestra concert. The following summer, he attended the Music@Menlo festival where he worked with renowned musicians including David Finckel, Wu Han, Paul Neubauer, and Gilbert Kalish. He also participated in the 2011 CMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra in Fresno, California as principal cellist under the direction of Jung-ho Pak.
For the past two years (2011-12), he performed with the Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts as a finalist of the JAMMIES Concerto Competition, most recently winning first prize, and performed Joseph Haydn’s Second Cello Concerto in D major with Maestro Michael Morgan and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra.
Eunghee has also performed in master classes with Margaret Tait, Alexandre Bouzlov, Marek Szpakiewicz, the Alexander String Quartet, Joan Jeanrenaud, Ruslan Biryukov, Yehonatan Berick, Brinton Averil Smith, and Norman Fischer.
He particularly enjoys studying piano with his teacher, Dr. Jana Olvera and playing in chamber ensembles, including duets with his violinist sister, Eunah Cho. Outside of music, his interests include running on his high school’s track and field team and in his free time, he enjoys playing soccer with friends, frozen yogurt, and biking.