Cellist Julie Cho received a Professional Performer’s degree (Konzert Examen), equivalent of a PhD in the United States, in Cello Performance from the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Duesseldorf and the Soloist Diploma (M.M) from the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen,Germany. Her teachers have included Johannes Goritzki, Young-Chang Cho, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Andreas Reiner of the Rosamunde Quartet, Ralf Gothoni, Niklas Schmidt of Trio Fontenay and Amedeus Quartet members. Julie has extensive professional performance experience, not only as a member of orchestra cello sections but also as a solo artist. Her orchestra experience includes the JK Ensemble, Prime Orchestra, and the Leaders Ensemble (Seoul, Korea) as well as membership in the German orchestras Deutsche Kammer Akademie and the Prometeus Kammer Orchestra. She currently performs as a member of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and as principal cello of the Gloria Chamber Ensemble. She has attended such festivals as Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Forum Articum in Germany, Porto Guaro Music Festival in Italy, and the Ticino Musica International Music Festival in Switzerland.
Her career as a soloist spans three continents and includes representing the country of Korea in the Kobe International Cello Congress, solo recitals in Korea, Canada and Germany, and appearances as featured soloist with the Sinfonietta de Paris in France, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and the Black Sea Philharmony in Rumania. Julie has served on the faculty of the University of Hyup-Sung in Korea, the Seattle Conservatory of Music, Music Center of the Northwest and as the sectional cello coach at Newport High School in Seattle. She is currently the director and instructor of the Bellevue Cello Academy.