By Park Ji-won, Korea Times | Daniel Cho, a 27-year-old Korean American violinist, has been appointed as concertmaster of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra in Germany, filling a seat that had reportedly remained empty for the last 13 years.

String ensemble Sejong Soloists, of which Cho is also a member, announced that Cho had passed the audition for the long-awaited leader of the renowned orchestra, founded in 1828, which was attended by the orchestra members as well as conductor and music director Kent Nagano.

Cho studied at the Juilliard School under violinists Kang Hyo and David Chen. He joined the Sejong Soloists academy program, becoming the youngest member to join the ensemble, which was founded in 1995 by Kang. He made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in New York at the age of 16, followed by his European debut at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
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Cho will begin his duties in the 2021-22 season, and his tenure will be decided after he has held the position for a year and a half.

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