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|Daniel Cho is a Korean-American conductor and violinist based in Oregon, where he serves as the assistant conductor of Eugene Symphony, as well as conducting fellow of Eugene Ballet and Orchestra NEXT. For the 2022-2023 season, Daniel also begins his tenure as the assistant conductor of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington. He previously has held positions as assistant conductor of the Oregon Mozart Players and Eugene Opera.
Daniel began his journey as a conductor at the age of sixteen when he was selected to be assistant conductor of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, where he also served as concertmaster. He continued his music education with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts and, upon its completion in 2016, began a master’s degree in conducting at the same institution in 2017. In 2018, Daniel was selected as a conducting fellow by the Vienna Summer Music Festival, studying with Maestros Christian Schulz, Wolfgang Scheidt and Simeon Pironkoff, and he was chosen amongst fourteen conductors for an engagement with Ensemble PHACE, an acclaimed Vienna-based contemporary ensemble. During the same year, he attended the International Conducting Institute Czech Republic Workshop in Kroměříž, studying with Maestros Tomas Netopil, Neil Varon and Tsung Yeh, and he led the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in a performance at the Archbishop’s Palace. In 2021, Daniel was invited to Atlantic Music Festival as conducting fellow, working extensively with the orchestra and premiering fifteen new works over the course of four weeks with the festival’s Contemporary Ensemble. He holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, where he received the Award of Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
When not making music, Daniel enjoys reading short stories and fantasy, rewatching the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies, and taking walks along the Willamette River with his red golden retriever, Lucy.