Biography

Violinist; Guest Artist

Edmonton born violinist, Yuri Cho, has had the privilege of performing on 4 continents as a chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Several notable performance venues include Wigmore Hall, Esterházy Palace, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. Among others, Yuri has performed with Michael Tree, Marc Johnson, Joel Krosnick, Marc-André Hamelin, Anton Kuerti, and the Juilliard and Alexander String Quartets.

Although music was a major part of her childhood, Yuri envisioned a career in the field of science, and did not discover her dream of being a musician until the age of 16. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, as well as an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, Masao Kawasaki, Ian Swensen, Tom Johnson and John Hong-Youl Kim.

In the world of chamber music, Yuri has won 2nd prize and the Székely prize for the best performance of Beethoven at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and 2nd prize at the Munich ARD String Quartet Competition as a founding member of the Afiara String Quartet. The quartet has also won Concert Artists Guild, was the first ensemble to win the Young Canadian Musicians Award and has recorded works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Bartók and Beethoven for CD, LP and radio.

Yuri enjoys teaching and has served as faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions, and as visiting faculty at the University of Alberta, Stanford University and the Glenn Gould School. She has also taught at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and has performed at Music Niagara, Ravinia Festival, The Banff Centre, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Festival of the Sound and Ottawa Chamberfest.

From 2013-15, Yuri was based in Scandinavia, spending a season playing with Ensemble MidtVest in Denmark and a season playing with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway. She now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where she plays with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, freelances and teaches. She enjoys a variety of non-musical activities that include, but are not limited to, eating, knitting, traveling and exploring the wide variety of New Zealand’s craft beer scene.