Violin and Piano Concert
MEGAN CRAWFORD Is Visiting Professor of Violin at Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and has performed throughout the United States, appearing with orchestras in Ann Arbor, Aspen, Basalt, Dearborn, Detroit, Ft. Collins, and New York.
Ms. Crawford has been the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Bradlin Award; an Upton Foundation Grant for the Meadowmount School of Music; the Francis B. Furlong Scholarship for the University of Michigan; and a Governor’s Award nominee in the Emerging Artist category. Ms. Crawford won the concerto competitions at both the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music; has been a prizewinner in the Florida ASTA Competition, the Ft. Collins Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Corpus Christi International Young Artist Competition; and has participated in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York City. Professor Crawford received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Paul Kantor, and her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she worked with Michael Gilbert and Patinka Kopec.
Noted for her “sensitive and imaginative” (New York Concert Review) playing, Korean-born pianist Sookkyung Cho has been captivating worldwide audiences with her personal, thoughtful expressionist style. Recently accepting a position as Assistant Professor of Piano-Artist Performer at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, she is also a founding member of the New York-based Almava Trio. She has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Sarasota Opera House, Baltimore Museum of Art, Beaux concerts de la releve in Quebec, Château de Fontainebleau in France, and Zijingang Theater at Zhejiang University in China, among others, and was recently heard on Chicago’s WFMT.
As a sought-after pedagogue, Ms. Cho has been invited to adjudicate competitions and conduct masterclasses, most recently at New England Conservatory Preparatory School for its Concerto Competition Finals and Walnut Hill School for the Arts for its Honors Chamber Music Auditions. She has also taught as a piano instructor for the LINKS Signature Arts Program at The Juilliard School in New York and as piano and chamber music faculty at NEC Preparatory. An emerging performer-scholar, she was selected to present a lecture-recital at College Music Society for its biennial International Conference in Korea and has also taught music theory at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
She holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody and Bachelor of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Juilliard, where she was honored with John Erskine Graduation Prize.
For Dr. Cho’s YouTube recordings, concert schedule, current projects, and other information, please visit www.sookkyungcho.com.