Courtroom Concert Program Details

March 30, 2017, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Brannon Cho, cello
Casey Rafn, piano

Cello Sonata in C major G.17 — Luigi Boccherini
    Largo assai
    Rondo allegro
        (with Cicely Parnas, cello)
Sonata in A minor D. 821 “Arpeggione” — Franz Schubert
    Allegro moderato
Pampeana No. 2 for Cello and Piano, Opus 21—Alberto Ginastera 

Brannon Cho began playing the cello at age 7. He attended the Meadowmount School of Music in 2006, where he met Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen, with whom he still studies today. Cho’s notable prizes include the Second Prize at the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition, Third Prize at the 2013 Cassadó International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2012 Johansen International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Mondavi Center Founders Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Skokie Valley Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Silver Medal at the 2012 Stulberg International Competition, the Silver Medal from the National YoungArts Foundation in 2013, and the Grand Prize at the 2010 ASTA National Solo Competition. In 2015, Cho received the Birte Moller Young Artist Award from the Center for Musical Excellence, and subsequently performed in Carnegie Hall. Cho has performed as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pyeongchang Music Festival Orchestra. Cho has performed with Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Philip Setzer, Stephen Williamson, Barbara Westphal, and went on a chamber music tour with Joshua Bell to New York City, London, Washington D.C., and Miami. Cho has participated in several summer festivals, such as the Verbier Festival Academy, the Heifetz Institute, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Encounters. Cho’s upcoming solo performance highlights include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Bargemusic Masterworks Series, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Cho is receiving his Bachelor degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Cho plays on a rare cello made by Antonio Casini in 1668 in Modena, Italy.

Casey Rafn is a freelance pianist located in the Twin Cities area. He currently holds positions at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and is the pianist for the Bloomington Chorale. An award winning performer, his upcoming season includes performances in Mexico and Colombia. Originally from Two Harbors, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from The University of Iowa studying under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.


Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

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