James Cho, DMA
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
A pianist from southern California, James Cho made his first appearance as the Young Artist’s Guild winner where he performed numerous solo and chamber recitals for a period of five years. During this tenure, Mr. Cho earned his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.
After moving to Houston, Mr. Cho completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 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, Anton Kuerti, John Perry, Menahem Pressler, and Rosalyn Tureck.
In the competition scene, Mr. Cho has been successful at the MTNA Competition, the Joanna Hodges International, 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. Mr. Cho also has frequently performed at the Aspen Music Festival and also in Canada at the Centre d’Arts Orford.
As a member of HMTA, Mr. Cho is often an adjudicator for many piano competitions and presents masterclasses at music festivals throughout Houston. Mr. Cho presently serves as piano faculty at the St. Francis School of Music, adjunct piano faculty at Sam Houston State University, and resides in the Katy area as a private teacher.