Winner of the 20th Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition


South-Korean soprano Joo Cho graduated with a degree in singing from Chung-Ang University in Seoul. She then went on to complete two degrees with honours in Singing and Vocal Chamber Music at the “Verdi” Conservatoire in Milan (Italy) under Stelia Doz. She continued her studies with Jaume Aragall, Ernesto Palacio and Demetrio Colaci.
She sang leading roles in several productions at the Opera House in Seoul including: Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi), La Bohème (Musetta), Un ballo in maschera (Oscar). She participated in the 2006 and 2007 Tiroler Festspiele Erl in Ring des Nibelungen (Woglinde) and Parsifal (Erste Blumenmadchen), under Gustav Kuhn. Parsifal is now available on CD and DVD (under the Col Legno label).


She has an active Oratorio career and has participated in master-classes held by artists such as Irwin Gage, Dalton Baldwin and Helmut Deutsch, and she has sung Lied concerts worldwide in venues such as the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Sala della Musica in Lugano (Switzerland) and the Salone del Conservatorio in Turin (Italy).

Joo Cho is also an active performer of twentieth century and contemporary music: her repertoire includes many world premières such as Sette di Niccolo Castiglioni, for soprano and orchestra (Passionspielhaus in Erl, 2005) and Milano 2005 by Gustav Kuhn, for soprano, violin and orchestra (Sala Verdi in Milan, with Salvatore Accardo violin, conducted by the composer himself).

Joo Cho has won the first prize in international competitons: among them, the “Giulio Neri” singing competition in Torrita di Siena (Italy, 2009) and the “Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition” (England, 2009).


Italian pianist Marino Nahon graduated with honours in piano at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, where he also specialized in vocal chamber music. He continued his studies with Paul Badura-Skoda, Dalton Baldwin, Antonio Ballista, Bruno Canino, Michele Fedrigotti, Irwin Gage, Piero Rattalino, Norman Shetler and Pietro Soraci. He attended courses at Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Académie de Villecroze, Académie de musique de Lausanne, Fondazione Santa Cecilia in Portogruaro.

He has performed as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as a Lied accompanist in various concert halls in Italy (Milan, Venice, Turin, Parma, Alessandria, Como, Orvieto  Stresa, Naples, Florence), France (Aix-en Provence, Biot), Germany (Lübeck), Japan (Kyoto), Turkey (Ankara). He is also an active performer of twentieth century and contemporary music, and he took part in several world prémières. He has recorded for labels Milanocosa-Excogita and Sarx Records, and for the Italian broadcasting station Radio Classica.

Marino has studied composition with Bruno Zanolini and musicology with Emilio Sala: he is the author of several musicological essays, where he focused mostly on eighteenth century Italian opera.



joo cho & marino nahon


7.30pm Saturday, 3 July 2010



Programme to include songs by Schubert, Mendelssohn,

Schumann, Brahms, Strauss and Berg