Paul Won Jin Cho, clarinet

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Diverse musician Paul Won Jin Cho appears as an orchestral player, soloist, period instrumentalist, and conductor.

Born and raised in South Korea, Mr. Cho picked up the clarinet at the age of eleven. After winning first place at the Donga Competition in Seoul, Mr. Cho won at the Koussevitzky Young Artists Award, the Leni Fe Bland Scholarship, T. D. Nyfenger Memorial Prize, and the Dean’s Prize at Yale School of Music.

He played principal clarinet at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Myung-Whun Chung, James Levine, and Kent Nagano among others.

Mr. Cho has appeared as soloist with The Yale Philharmonia, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, and the Sebastian Chamber Players with whom he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on period basset clarinet. As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Cho currently plays with Le Train Bleu and Decoda in New York City. 

Mr. Cho is a resident conductor of Albano Ballet in Hartford, CT where he conducts Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker every Christmas season.

After graduating from Korean National University of Arts, Seoul National University, University of Southern California and Yale, Mr. Cho completed his fellowship at Ensemble ACJW in 2012. As a fellow, Mr. Cho collaborated with Sir Simon Rattle, Jessica Rivera, David Robertson, and Sleeping Giant and taught at P.S. 200 in Brooklyn, where he continues to teach.