Flutist Sung-hyun Cho is one of the brightest stars in today’s Korean classical music scene. In 2018 Cho became a permanent principal flutist of Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra whilst still in his twenties, only nine months after he joined the prestigious orchestra with the full support of its artistic director Francois Xavier Roth.
Cho began his professional career as an orchestral musician at the prestigious Karajan Academy under the Berlin Philharmonic. There, Cho had the privilege of being mentored by world-class flutists Emmanuel Pahud, Andreas Blau, and Michael Hasel. He participated in regular concerts and tours of the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of eminent conductors such as Simon Rattle, Zubin Meta, and Ricardo Chailly. Cho previously served as a guest principal flutist of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in the 2015/16 season under Iván Fischer, and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under Christophe Poppen (2017/18/19 season).
Cho’s competition highlights include winning the top prize and a special prize for the best performance of Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza” at the inaugural International Flute Competition“Severino Gazzelloni” in Italy in 2012, and second prize at the Prague Spring International Competition in 2015.
He has been frequently featured in numerous music festivals around the world, including the Falaut Festival, Slovenian Flute Festival, Beijing International Flute Festival, Incontri Musicali Series in Milan, Kammermusik Cologne, Schwetzingen Festival and Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland in Germany, Villa Musica, and Cremona Wind Festival in Italy.
Cho is a keen chamber musician, and is a founding member of the Veits Quintet, along with oboist Kyeong Ham, hornist Ricardo Silva, bassoonist Koyama Rie, and clarinetist Han Kim. The quintet won second prize at the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in 2015, and is still actively performing in Europe. Their recording of the 19th and 20th French music with the ARS label was released worldwide in 2015.
Cho relocated to Korea in 2019 after becoming the youngest person ever to be appointed as a faculty member at the Department of Instrumental Music at Yonsei University in Seoul. In just two years, Cho has quickly established himself as one of the most prolific and sought-after flutists in the country. His recent appearances include Music in PyeongChang, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Seoul International Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival, and the Korean Orchestra Festival by the Seoul Art Center.
Cho is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, U.S., Hochschule für Musik Hannover, and Hochschule für Musik München, studying with Eui Kyung Park, Michel Debost, and Andrea Lieberknecht.