After heralded guest appearances with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and 2009, David In-Jae Cho was appointed as the orchestra’s seventh Music Director in 2011. He began his tenure with the LSO in the 2012-2013 season and is now actively involved in community engagements.
During his tenure as the Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (2006-2011), Mr. Cho won First Prize at the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico City which resulted in numerous conducting engagements in Europe, Asia and South America. He has since conducted the symphonies of Seattle, Houston, Austin, Memphis, Fort Wayne, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. For the 2004-2006 seasons, Mr. Cho was invited by his mentor Larry Rachleff to serve as the Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. In 2006-2007 season, he held the Bruno Walter Resident Conductor Chair with the ensemble. He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, Daniel Müller-Schott and Leila Josefowicz. During summers, Mr. Cho made appearances at the Aspen Music Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival.
In 1996, Mr. Cho won the E. Nakamichi Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and was awarded the Arthur Dann Prize at the Oberlin Conservatory. In 1999, while acquiring his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, he was invited by Robert Spano and Seiji Ozawa to attend the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center as a Merrill Lynch Conducting Fellow. Mr. Cho was then invited by Larry Rachleff to study at Rice University where he served as guest conductor for the Shepherd School Orchestras while acquiring his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting. He was subsequently invited by the Vienna Philharmonic to serve as an Assistant Conductor. As the recipient of the Karajan Fellowship, Mr. Cho has enjoyed residencies at the annual Salzburg Festival in Austria. In 2003, Mr. Cho was invited by Leonard Slatkin to participate in the National Conducting Institute during which he made his début with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Mr. Cho immigrated to the United States in 1985. David received a variety of music lessons during his childhood in Rancho Palos Verdes, California before focusing his energy exclusively on the piano. He later attended Oberlin Conservatory and Peabody Institute where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance, respectively.