Dr. Tony Cho
- Office Location:
- Bertea Hall 123 and Oliphant Hall 206
- (714) 744-2105 / (714) 744-2117
- University of Washington, Doctor of Music in Performance
Dr. Tony Cho, pianist, is a former vocal arts coaching staff at The Juilliard School, whose professional career as an assistant conductor and coach/pianist include engagements with such companies as Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Juilliard Opera Center, Long Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Virginia Opera. He has also been on the music staff at Aspen Opera Theatre Center, California State University (CSU) Long Beach Opera, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Idyllwild Summer Arts, Land of Enchantment Opera Institute, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Taos Opera Institute, and Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy.
His substantial resume has given him a repertoire of over 50 operas, including the world premiere of Guo Wenjing's Poet Li Bai; the American premieres of H.K. Gruber's Gloria: A Pig's Tale and K.A. Hartmann's Wachsfigurenkabinett; and the West Coast premieres of Shostakovich's Moscow, Cherrytown, and Wagner's Das Liebesverbot as a part of the Los Angeles Ring Festival. In addition to his hands-on work with the operatic productions, he has served as Music Director of Central City Opera's Opera a la carte, CSU Fullerton's Singer/Actor Summer Intensive Workshop, Glimmerglass Opera's American Young Artists Concert Tour, Hawaii Opera Theatre's Opera Residency, Virginia Opera's Spectrum Resident Artists, and as Program and Music Director of Sarasota Opera's Studio Artists.
Originally from South Korea, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Washington; a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; and a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University with a minor in Spanish Literature. His primary teachers were Dr. Thomas Lanners, Frank Weinstock, Michael Chertock, and Craig Sheppard.
He has enjoyed performing concerts in such notable venues as Weill Carnegie Hall in New York City, Meany Hall in Seattle, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Doris Duke Theatre at Honolulu Academy of Arts in Hawaii, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, and at many others in the United States and abroad. His performances have been featured live on KHPR in Honolulu and KVOD in Denver. He has also been a guest artist at many music festivals, including El Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Pianístas and the Italian Art Week Festival in Asunción, Paraguay.
Dr. Cho is currently on the collaborative piano faculty at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University and serves as a principal coach for the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton Opera.