Adjunct Instructor, Piano
School of Music 329
A pianist from southern California, James Cho made his first appearance as the Young Artist’s Guild winner in 1994 where he performed numerous solo and chamber recitals. During his tenure, Mr. Cho earned his B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. After moving to Houston, Mr. Cho completed his D.M.A. in piano performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. During the years of his studies, Mr. Cho’s teachers have included Brian Connelly, Robert McDonald, Robert Shannon, Bruce Sutherland, and has frequently performed in masterclasses of Leon Fleisher, Marc Durand, Anton Kuerti, John Perry, Menahem Pressler, and Rosalyn Tureck.
In the competition scene, Mr. Cho has been successful at the Joanna Hodges International, the MTNA Collegiate Nationals, the New Orleans International, and has captured first prizes on many occasions including the Kingsville International, the Isabel Scionti, and the Los Angeles Liszt International piano competitions. He has worked with conductors David Cho, Louis Lane, Ronald Ochoa, Yuli Turovsky, and Timothy Weiss performing a wide range of repertoire from William Byrd to Oliver Knussen. Mr. Cho also has frequently performed throughout various summer festivals in the United States, Canada, Korea, Spain, and France.
Mr. Cho is often an adjudicator for many piano competitions and presents masterclasses at music festivals throughout Texas. His students have won scholarships graduate programs at Rice University, Baylor University, Montecito International Summer Piano Festival, and top prizes in both local and national events including the college division TMTA Young Artists Piano State Competition, Forum Competition in Texas, and the MasterWorks Festival Concerto Competition in Indiana. In addition to teaching a private studio in Katy, he has also been serving as a full-time piano faculty at Sam Houston State University’s School of Music in Huntsville since 2012.