Brannon Cho
*1994 in the USA

2012, 2014, 2016 Cello Masterclasses, participant

2016 Chamber Music Connects the World, junior
2022 Chamber Music Connects the World, concert
2022 Kronberg Festival, concert

Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
Studies with Frans Helmerson
funded by the Gerhard and Dorothea Berssenbrügge Scholarship

Brannon Cho


Born in New Jersey, cellist Brannon Cho gained his bachelor’s degree from the Northwestern Bienen School of Music where he studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen. He subsequently completed studies with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, receiving his Artist Diploma in 2019.

Brannon Cho won first prize in the prestigious International Paulo Cello Competition in 2018 and was also placed in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2017. He won second prize in the 2015 International Walter W. Naumburg Cello Competition as well as third prize in the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2020 János Starker Foundation Award.

A glimpse into my world: Brannon Cho

Cho has performed as a soloist with many noted orchestras, including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic and the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. In so doing, he has collaborated with world-renowned conductors such as Susanna Mälkki, Stéphane Denève and Christian Arming.

As a chamber musician, Cho has already shared the stage with artists including Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer and Joshua Bell. His performances in this guise include participation in the 2018 Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Connects the World 2016 at Kronberg Academy, the Music@Menlo Festival, Verbier Festival Academy and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy. In addition, he took part in the Cello Masterclasses at Kronberg Academy in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Cho was awarded the CME International Performing Arts Grant in 2015 as well as a scholarship from the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Brannon Cho plays a cello by Antonio Casini dating from 1668 (Modena, Italy).

In 2016 he played in the benefit concert in remembrance of the musical achievement of Mstislav Rostropovich in Kronberg Academy’s event Appointment with Slava. In 2018 Brannon Cho performed alongside Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Antje Weithaas and Mate Bekavac in Chamber Music Connects the World. Since October 2019 he has been studying at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. The study are funded by the Gerhard and Dorothea Berssenbrügge Scholarship.

Brannon Cho in concert

Last updated: December 2020