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Samuel Cho (b. 1996) is a composer-pianist based in Kassel, Germany. Although only at the beginning of his career, his compositions have been performed in London, Bucharest and New York. As a pianist, Samuel regularly performs as both soloist as well as member of chamber ensembles. His repertoire consists mainly of 20th and 21st century works with an emphasis on contemporary classical music.

 

 

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Samuel Cho (b. 1996) is a Malaysian composer-pianist 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, Cornelia Petroiu as well as the Brooklyn Youth's Chorus among others. As a pianist, Samuel regularly performs as both soloist and as well as member of chamber ensembles. His repertoire consists mainly of 20th and 21st century works with an emphasis on contemporary classical music.

 

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 exellence 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 highschool productions of broadway musicals and appeared as both performer and technician in various settings.

 

In 2014, he moved to Germany. After acquiring the language, he began his studies in the Musikakademie in Kassel, where he went on to win awards such as in the Peredur Chamber Music Competition among others. It is also here, where he began composing in earnest. Hailing from 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 is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Music, studying piano under Michael Kravtchin and composition under Frank Gerhardt.