Samuel Cho (b. 1996) is a Malaysian pianist-composer based in Kassel, Germany. Although only at the beginning of his career, his compositions have been performed in London, Bucharest and New York by artists such as William Howard, MeiYi Foo as well as the Brooklyn Youth's Chorus.
Known for his "sovereign technique and expression" (HNA), Samuel performs regularly as a soloist in innovative recital formats, among which include performances with black light theatre and with poetry readings. He is also active as a chamber musician. Music of the 20th and 21st century hold a special place in his repertoire.
He first came into contact with the black and white keys of the piano at the age of 9, when his mother bought a defective keyboard from the supermarket. After beginning proper lessons at the age of 11, he quickly progressed and went on to win various awards such as 1st place in the 1st Kawai Piano Competition in Malaysia, 1st place in the Ensemble Category in the 7th Kuala Lumpur Youth Music Festival as well as an excellence award for his Trinity Diploma Recital in Brunei. At around the same time, he began to arrange pieces for his school's ensemble as a way to finance his studies. He has also arranged music for various high school productions of broadway musicals and appeared as both performer and technician in various settings.
In 2014, he moved to Germany and, after acquiring the language, began his studies at the Musikakademie in Kassel, where he went on to win awards such as in the Peredur Chamber Music Competition and the International Love Songs Composition Competition among others. Born and raised in the culturally diverse atmosphere of Brunei Darussalam and yet holding a Malaysian citizenship, his cross-culture identity is a source of steady inspiration and perspective. His influences are varied and traverse a dramatically contrasting palette of genres.
Samuel holds a Bachelors in Music from Kassel, studying piano under Michael Kravtchin and composition under Frank Gerhardt. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters in New Music performance, studying under Stefan Litwin.