Classical trio to give its 1st concert in 5 years

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Classical trio to give its 1st concert in 5 years

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After five years of solo performances, three of Korea’s most talented classical musicians are reuniting to celebrate their 30 years in the music business.
The Cho Trio, comprising Cho Young-bang on piano, Cho Young-mi on violin and Cho Young-chang on cello, will perform together in Seoul on March 18 and in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang proving, on March 21.
“These days, they perform as soloists and all teach at different music schools,” said Park Seon-mi at Culturebiz, the promoter of the concerts. “But this year is special for them not only because it’s their 30th anniversary, but also because they rarely get the chance to perform together.”
It was three decades ago that three young Korean siblings won the Geneva International Music Competition shortly after their 1977 debut ― their winning piece was a work by Dmitri Shostakovich. The Korean media praised the young group, less for its music and more for bringing the audience to its feet for a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.
But when they came back to Korea to do a repeat performance, they were stopped by the government, which at the time did not allow works by Soviet musicians and artists to be shown, performed or studied in South Korea. The blacklist on Soviet culture was maintained until the late ’80s.
The Cho Trio is now, finally, going to show Korean audiences what they planned to show them 30 years ago. The concert will also be dedicated to Shostakovich to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. The trio is to perform the composer’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor.
Also in the program are Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat Major (Op.11) and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major.
Young-bang, 53, the eldest of three, is currently teaching at Dankook University, while Young-mi is at Yonsei University. Young-chang, the youngest, has been teaching at Folkwang Hochschule Essen in Germany since 1987 ― he took the position at the tender age of 29.


by Lee Min-a

The 30th Anniversary of Cho Trio concert will be held on March 18 at 8 p.m. at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall. Tickets cost 20,000 won ($20) to 70,000 won. In Gimhae, the concert is on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gimhae Arts and Sports Center. Tickets there range from 10,000 to 50,000 won. Reservations can be made at 1588-7890. For more information about the concert, call (02) 588-7573.

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