Surely there are a variety of aspects that nurture a musician’s growth, but the most important element is one’s love and enjoyment of music. Therefore as a teacher, I seek to foster each student’s own journey and highest potential, recognizing that my words and guidance in any lesson may influence students throughout their lifetime.
I also believe that students benefit immensely when they develop the necessary foundation in technique, music theory, and history. I teach these core skills as part of regular lessons.
According to Dr. Joy J. Song, who was my most influential teacher at an early age, practicing is "strengthening good habits." I believe in this mindset because it empowers my students to not only become good musicians, but also reach their highest potential with great happiness.
With more than 16 years of teaching experience in Korea, Russia, and the United States, Dr. Young Woong Cho, D.M.A., has a successful career as a dedicated educator. With great enthusiasm, he teaches students of all levels and ages.
During his doctoral study at Boston University, Dr. Cho served as a teaching assistant for several years. He has taught music theory for the Korean Institute of Piano Pedagogy and masterclasses at universities in Korea and the United States.
In the greater Boston area, Dr. Cho has been teaching piano at various music schools. He is on the faculty team at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where he works as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. Dr. Cho teaches solo piano, as well as piano ensemble, chamber music, and collaborative piano.
Dr. Cho is an internationally acclaimed pianist who enjoys a diverse musical career. He especially stands out in chamber music and connects with audience members. While at Montclair, he was guided by a world-class string quartet, the Shanghai Quartet. In 2013, he founded The Cali Trio, named after the founder of John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. The trio actively performed throughout the East Coast and was invited to perform at distinguished venues, including the Alexander Kasser Theater, Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall, and the Van Vleck House & Gardens in New Jersey.
In 2016, Dr. Cho started the chamber music series ‘Young Woong Cho & Friends’. As the founder and artistic director, he meets audience members from all over Korea through various chamber music performances. He also founded the ensemble ‘The Music’ in 2017, which performs a wide variety of chamber music repertoire for multiple pianos.
At the start of 2020, Dr. Cho established his international performing organization, The SMI (Stage of Musical Inspiration), which introduces young, talented musicians from all over the world to audiences in the United States, Korea and elsewhere. As of Spring 2022, he continues his active performing career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician between South Korea and the United States despite the pandemic.
B.M. and M.M., Gnesin's Academy of Music, Moscow; A.D., Montclair State University, D.M.A., Boston University