Eighteen-year-old South Korean pianist Jun Hwi Cho is winner of the Seventh New York International Piano Competition, where he performed works by Beethoven, Schubert, Scriabin, and Messiaen before sealing victory in the final round with a stunning performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18.
Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972)
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
From Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus
XI. Premiere communion de la Vierge
*Commissioned by The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation for the 2014 New York International Piano Competition
Jun Hwi Cho completed four years in the preparatory Division of the Korean National University of Arts and attended the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts in 2011. He graduated from the Yewon School (Arts Middle School) in 2012 and is now attending the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, where he studies with Choong-Mo Kang.
He has performed on the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS TV) Classic Program, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Prodigy Concert, the 26th Young Musicians Concert in Korea, and with the Korean W. Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bucheon Symphonia Orchestra in Seoul.
Jun Hwi Cho performs Schumann's Carnaval, Op. 9.