Sharon Gayoung Cho

Born in South Korea, Sharon began playing the violin at 2 years old. She moved to Austria and when she was fifteen and became the youngest student to enroll in the University for Darstellende Kunst Wien earning her Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts degrees, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Violin Performance. 
 
She went on to earn her Artist Diploma Certificate at Yale School of Music with a full scholarship. Ms. Cho has recently completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at Rutgers University receiving honors and a full scholarship.
 
Ms. Cho has a broad international history of performances and competitions, including festivals such as International Mendelssohn Summer School Festival, Hamburg, Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen, Goslar, Germany, International Summer Music school Hvar, Academia Di Musica Musica d́ Estate Bardonecchia, Italy, Cuarto Curso Internacional de Perfeccionamiento Musical, Aller-Spain, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Accents Musical Music festivals, Slovenia, and others.
 
An accomplished and internationally known performer, Sharon has performed chamber music at the Presidential Palace in Austria, as a soloist with the Cosiche Chamber Orchestra of Slovakia and in ensembles including the Anton von Webern Orchestra with Ricardo Muti and Symphony-Orchester der Konsevatorium Wien. At Yale, she served as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra.
 
Sharon has been a prize winner at numerous international festivals including the ‘Citta Padova’ International Competition in Italy, second prize and the Governor’s prize for Modern Music at the Gavrillin Governors International Competition in Russia, as a first prize winner at the Hanmi National Competition, Yejin National Young Artist Competition, and Youngnam National Violin Competition, first prize winner at the Vivo International string competition. She won the concerto competition at Rutgers University, She performed with Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the concert was recorded and broadcasted on 89.1 WWFM.
 
As an instructor – Sharon has worked with students of all ages teaching violin, viola, and chamber music at the Yale School of Music, and Rutgers University.