July 21 - 30
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Korean Cellist Jinho Hong's promising talent led him to study at Seoul National University and earn his bachelor's degree. He then moved to Germany for his master's degree and Konzertexamen and graduated with honors from Hochschule für Musik Würzburg. Jinho has received accolades from internationally acclaimed concours, including the Competition of Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition, Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, The Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, and the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award – Chamber Music Competition.
He continues to receive invitations for solo engagements with many of the world's great orchestras. He has appeared with the Central German Chamber Orchestra, Hochschule für Musik Würzburg Orchestra, Shumen State Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra of the Velvet Revolution, which under the conductor Christian Benda, among many others. Also, being an avid chamber musician, he has participated in prominent festivals, most importantly Musethica España and Zeister Muziekdagen.
Jinho was a winner of the 2019 JTBC audition show SuperBand. Since then, he has branched out beyond classical music to encompass various genres. He was also taking part in the commemorative performance of the March 1st Independence Movements in 2021 and 2022, the 6th commemorative performance for the West Sea Defense Day, and the MBC documentary "Old Soldier and a Boy," which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, in its soundtrack. He has appeared in various TV programs, such as JTBC Begin Again, KBS Open Concert, You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook, and EBS Space Gonggam. Also, his first solo recital in the Lotte concert hall and Seoul Arts Center was successful in attracting many classical music fans.
Jinho released Purify, recorded live as part of his solo recital in Lotte Concert Hall on the label of Universal Music in 2021. He will release his second album Modern Cello soon.
Jinho plays a cello by Ferdinando Garimberti, Italy.