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Robert Schumann And His World

November 18, 2021 7:30 PM EST
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Pianist Hyejin Cho has established a concert series of piano works by Robert Schumann in six different states – Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Utah. This concert is a part of her tour in the 2021-2022 season to celebrate her January 2022 album release. In this concert, Cho will be playing R. Schumann’s piano works including the Papillons, Op. 2 which will be paired with a newly composed work by Victor Marques-Barrios as a modern response to the Papillons, Op. 2 (World Premiere).


  • Robert Schumann
    Papillons, Op. 2
  • Victor Marquez-Barrios
    La Tierra No Prometida
  • Robert Schumann
    Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 11


Hyejin Cho

Pianist Hyejin Cho is a highly active performer with recent concerts across the U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea. Her enthusiasm for Robert Schumann led her to develop the concert series of piano works by Robert Schumann, a project that she has established in six different states – Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and Utah. The Schumann project has been supported by the Missouri Arts Council, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship (University of Illinois), University of Michigan Research Grant, and OMF Music Resources. Her Schumann performances and interviews on the project have been broadcast, including live streaming of her performance on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series on WFMT 98.7FM and Wheaton College Artist Series. Her first Schumann album will be released under Sheva Collection (UK recording label) in 2021. Furthermore, she published an article “What makes Robert Schumann Schumann: Schumann’s creation of fantasy borrowed from literature, especially E. T. A. Hoffmann’s novel The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr (OMF Music Resources).”

Other than the Schumann project, Cho has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras, the recent concerts were with the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jun-Hee Han, playing the Mozart Concertos K. 451 and K. 488 in five cities in northern Illinois, and with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Arie Lipsky, playing the Beethoven Concerto No. 4, Op. 58

Along with her solo career, Cho is very passionate about chamber music, having had extensive collaborative performance experiences. She is a founding member of the American Prize winner Koinonia Piano Trio, a performing and teaching ensemble that has performed in New York, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Alaska and 5 cities in Europe as a part of a tour in Austria, Germany and Italy. In addition, she has frequently been invited as a duo performer with artists, including David Halen (Concertmaster of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), Yizhak Schotten (Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan), and Jonathan Ruck (Professor of Cello at the University of Oklahoma). Her passion for collaboration also brought her to numerous music festivals, including the Innsbrook Institute, Maui Classical Music Festival, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, and Center Stage Strings among others.

Cho completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan under Christopher Harding. She is a graduate of Indiana University (MM, AD) studying with Menahem Pressler, and Ewha Women’s University in Korea (BM, Valedictorian).
Cho is on the piano faculty of Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.


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Venezuelan composer and guitarist Victor E. Márquez-Barrios holds an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choir, electronics, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra. His music has been performed, published, and recorded by important soloists and ensembles from Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. Works by Marquez-Barrios have received performances at numerous international music festivals such as the Latin American Music Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), XVII Festival of Contemporary Music of Havana (Cuba), 20eme Festival Internacional de la Clarinette (Martinique), Hollywood Fringe Festival (Los Angeles), the World Saxophone Congress (2012 and 2015 editions), and ClarinetFest 2018 (Ostend, Belgium), among others.

Today, in parallel to his active career as a composer and guest lecturer, Victor Márquez-Barrios teaches music theory and composition as part of the faculty at Truman State University, where he is also the founding director of Uncommon Practice, the University’s contemporary-music ensemble.


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