Internationally acclaimed Korean soprano Kyoung Cho has established a reputation in diverse regions of Asia, Europe, The Mid-East, and North America. Critics praised her performances as “Sublimely beautiful, transcendent, serene, dazzling, and heavenly” and “Refined tone color and dignified sound, which effectively expressed an appeal that penetrated the heart.”
In September 2014, Dr. Cho has presented recitals in Vienna, Budapest, and Florence. Her other previous international solo appearances have included concerts in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, China, Thailand, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Israel, Canada, and her native Korea. On the national level, her performances took place in several cities including in New York City (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall).
Dr. Cho’s operatic roles include Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot, Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Her oratorio repertoires include Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’sRequiem, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, John Rutter’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s c minor Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Messiah, and The Creation.
As a versatile artist, her areas of specialization include Korean Art Songs, opera, oratorio, and art songs of contemporary composers. Her CD recordings on Korean Art Songs CD, published by Centaur Records and Italian Opera Arias CD, published by the Italian SonArt Records Company have been critically acclaimed in the US, Korea, and Italy. Dr. Cho was featured in an interview to introduce Korean Art Songs by “Vocal Point” on classical music station WCNY-FM 91.3, New York NPR station and this interview aired on June 28, 2014.
In addition to receiving a number of awards from national and international organizations and competitions, she received twelve research grants from USF since 2007.
As a teacher, she has presented voice master classes in China, Korea, Thailand, Luxembourg, and several cities in the U.S. Her former students have been accepted into the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, and other prestigious institutions.
Dr. Kyoung Cho is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at USF after having taught at SUNY Fredonia and at Luther College. She received her B.M. in voice from Yonsei University, one of the three most prestigious universities in Korea, M.M. at the Manhattan School of Music, followed by post-graduate studies in opera performance at Yale University. Dr. Cho completed her DMA degree at the University of Memphis, where she was the recipient of the Hohenberg-Scheidt Opera Fellowship.