27-year-old Korean-American violinist named concertmaster of prestigious Hamburg Philharmonic


An American violinist of Korean descent has been appointed Principal Violin of the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra (Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg), an internationally renowned symphony orchestra based in Germany.

A solo violin rises: Daniel Cho, 27, takes on the leadership role after being selected by general music director and conductor Kent Nagano following an audition attended by other orchestra members, reported Korea weather. The announcement came from Sejong Soloists, a string ensemble of which Cho is a part.

  • Cho, who studied at the Juilliard School, was 16 when he made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Soon after, he made his European debut with a performance at the Louvre in Paris.

  • In 2017, he moved to Germany where he obtained his master’s degree from the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. There he studied under the renowned violinist Kolja Blacher.

  • In 2018, Cho was first violin at the opening ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the Verbier Festival.

  • In 2019, he won the joint second prize with Kyumin Park and Johanna Pichlmair at the Max Rostal International Violin Competition, in which no first prize was awarded, according to the the rhinestone. The same year he was guest principal violin of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

  • Cho begins his stint as Principal Violin of the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2021-22 season. His official term would be determined after holding the post for a year and a half.

About the orchestra: The Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburg’s oldest and most active orchestra, has its origins in the founding of its forerunner organization, the Philharmonische Gesellschaft, in 1828. It currently serves as the orchestra of the State Opera of Hamburg.

  • In addition to its concerts, the orchestra also accompanies more than 250 opera and ballet performances per year at the State Opera on Dammtorstrasse.

  • Kent Nagano, an “expert in the great orchestral works of the 20th century”, according to the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra website, was the general musical director of the Hamburg State Opera and conductor of the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015.

  • Cho’s arrival as concertmaster will be an important addition to the orchestra as the position has been vacant for the past 13 years.

  • The Hamburg Philharmonic is one of the four resident orchestras of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. Popularly nicknamed “Elphi”, the 26-storey hall also hosts performances by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Resonanz Ensemble and the Symphoniker Hamburg.

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