Pianist, bandoneonist, and accordionist Shinjoo Cho is a solo and chamber musician encompassing many musical traditions. Shinjoo has collaborated with international music, dance, and film artists in multi-disciplinary projects as an improviser and an ensemble musician. Shinjoo began her musical study at the age of five in her native Korea and continued her study in the US upon immigration. As an undergraduate, she began exploring the music of flamenco and other traditions and eventually traveled to Korea, Serbia, and Argentina to study their traditional music and history.
Shinjoo is a co-founder of a Philadelphia-based Oscuro Quintet, a critically acclaimed tango and new music ensemble, which released its first album on PARMA Recordings in 2011 and has been featured on WHYY TV program On Canvas. Shinjoo has presented at the Kimmel Center, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Arts, and World Café Live in wide ranging projects, including the Balkan and klezmer influenced, live soundtrack to the silent film Nosferatu and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.
In 2012, she participated in the Marlboro Music Festival under the baton of Leon Fleisher and appeared as a guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst. Shinjoo joined GlamourTango as a bandoneonist in 2014 during their Canada tour at Palais Montcalm Theater in Quebec and Markham Theater in Markham and also appeared in the NY Tango Festival.
During her 2014-2015 residency in Argentina, some of Shinjoo’s notable performances include appearance as a solo pianist at the inauguration of Centro Cultural Kirchner for the president of Argentina, Teatro Colón debut with Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Música Maestra ensemble member of composer and pianist Diego Schissi at Centro Cultural Kirchner Symphonic Hall. She currently splits her residency between Philadelphia and Buenos Aires and is a member of Astoria Tango Orchestra in NY directed by Daniel Binelli and an active performer in various tango and chamber music ensembles.