September 17, 2014

IVCI Finals include CIM's own Jinjoo Cho

CIM's own Jinjoo Cho wins the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The Cleveland Institute of Music congratulates violinist Jinjoo Cho, a long-time student at CIM, for moving on to the finals of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI), which will be simulcast live online, September 17 and 19, starting at 8pm.

One of six finalists (all of whom are female), Cho holds a bachelor's degree (2011) and a master's degree (2013) in music performance from CIM. But she has been a member of the CIM family since coming to the United States in 2002, at which time she earned a spot in CIM's prestigious Young Artist Program.

For her first performance in the IVCI finals on September 17, Cho is performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. On Friday, September 19, she'll play Korngold's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

CIM president, Joel Smirnoff, is the guest conductor for the IVCI finals, which are being streamed live online each evening, beginning at 8pm at

In addition to a cash award, the First Prize winner of this quadrennial competition will be awarded international concert engagements and the four-year loan of the 1683 ‘ex-Gingold’ Stradivarius.

About the Artist

Jinjoo Cho, 26, is currently pursuing her Professional Studies Diploma at CIM as a student of Jaime Laredo, member of the renowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Cho has previously taken top honors at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition (2010), the Montreal International Musical Competition (2006) and the Stulberg International String Competition (2005). She has appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Montreal, Quebec, Winnipeg and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, l’Orchestre de Chambre I Musici de Montreal and Aspen Concert Orchestra.

About the Competition

Founded in 1982 by Josef Gingold, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) takes place every four years. The mission of IVCI is to recognize, reward and promote the world's finest young classical violinists and encourage understanding, appreciation and support of the violin repertoire by a large and diverse audience. The IVCI utilizes its world prominence to bring international attention to Indianapolis and maintains its efforts to be a visible and collaborative member of the arts communities in Indianapolis and Indiana.