Olivia Cho

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Semi-Final Round Repertoire

  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
    • I. Allegro ma non tanto
  • MARJAN MOZETICH The Turmoil of Madame Butterfly
  • CLAUDE DEBUSSY Cello Sonata in D minor
    • I. Prologue
  • GYÖRGY LIGETI Sonata for Solo Cello
    • I. Dialogo
    • II. Capriccio
  • BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ Variations on a Theme of Rossini in D Major, H.290
    • Theme
    • Variation 1
    • Variation 2
    • Variation 3
    • Variation 4


Olivia Yelim Cho is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan. Formerly a student at the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) in the Young Artist Collegiate Program, Olivia began her musical studies at the age of five under the tutelage of Joseph Elworthy.

Olivia also studied with Kristin von der Goltz in Frankfurt, Germany during a study abroad in early 2020. She was awarded a fellowship the preceding summer to study at the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) in the studios of Richard Aaron and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In 2017, Olivia attended the Orford Music Academy on full scholarship and the AMFS as a recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant from VAM.

Olivia is passionate about musical outreach and working with other musicians. She enjoys performing at senior homes, hospitals, and churches. She also led sectionals as Principal Cellist of the University Philharmonia Orchestra for the 2019 fall season and mentored young cellists during the 2018 Vancouver Quiring Chamber Music Camp.

Some notable performances include a recital for the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society in 2017 and a solo debut at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre with the VAM Symphony Orchestra in 2014 as the youngestever winner of the Kay Meek Competition. Olivia was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Johansen International Competition, the 2016 OSM Manulife Competition, and 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In 2013, she won First Prize in the Canadian Music Competition. Apart from music, Olivia loves graphic design, calligraphy, and creating handmade cards.

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