Jihwan Cho is a featured soloist at the Bach Christmas Oratorio Concert on December 3, 2017.

Bass-baritone Jihwan Cho was born in Seoul, Korea and came to Canada in 2006. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at Hansei University in Korea with renowned tenor, Jong-Ho Kim, followed by a Performer’s Certificate and Artist’s Diploma in vocal performance at The King’s University with Merla Aikman, and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance with Professor Brian McIntosh at the University of Alberta.

He completed a second Master’s degree in opera performance with Peter Barcza at the University of British Columbia, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at the University of Alberta with Professor John Tessier.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gerry Segger Music Scholarship in Performance Excellence, Margo Fraser Memorial Scholarship in Music, Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Award, Maureen Patricia Russell Marchak Scholarship in Music, Ben Heppner Scholarship, and William and Marilyn Jones Award.

Upon his arrival in Canada, professional work included performing as a member of Pro Coro Canada for two years, and as a soloist with University of Alberta Madrigal Singers for J. Haydn’s Nelson Mass in 2008 and The Creation in 2009. Also at the University of Alberta, he sang the role of ‘Peter’ in Humperdink’s opera Hänsel und Gretel in 2009, and ‘Ariodate’ in Händel’s Serse in 2010, which received praise in Opera Canada magazine for notable stage presence and an overall impression as a singer with “prospects for a career”.

At the University of British Columbia, roles included ‘Vodnik’ in Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, and the ‘Marquis de la Force’ in Francis Poulenc’s opera Les Dialogues des Carmélites, alongside internationally acclaimed artist, mezzo-soprano Judith Forst and under the baton of conductor David Agler.

Jihwan also performed as a soloist in excerpts from Falstaff and in a quintet from Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Verdi and Wagner Bicentennial Concert with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leslie Dala. Recent performances have included singing as the bass soloist with Canadian professional choir, Luminous Voices, in their performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. In addition to his work as an instructor of vocal studies at The King’s University, Jihwan is the current Music Director at Edmonton Korean Logos Presbyterian Church, and conductor of the Edmonton Korean-Canadian Choir.

Be sure to catch Jihwan’s performance at the Christmas Oratorio Concert on December 3, 2017.

December 3, 2017 at 3 PM
Winspear Centre


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