Changing Lives through
the Magic of Chamber Music
in Cleveland


ENCORE Chamber Music

Mission & Vision

ENCORE Chamber Music’s mission is to bring the world’s most exceptional musicians to Cleveland to inspire, educate, and innovate the art of engagement in music. Our goal is to build a premier international summer festival and year-round community residency programs. We seek to contribute to our Cleveland community by bringing music of the highest caliber and by educating the next generation of artist-citizens. ENCORE Chamber Music is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Philosophy & History

ENCORE Chamber Music was founded in 2015 by world-renowned violin soloist Jinjoo Cho who believes that the future of classical arts depends on a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to its pedagogy.

Unique to the region, ENCORE Chamber Music is an international, 6-week, summer chamber music institute and festival that takes place on the idyllic campus of Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills.

In an artistically charged atmosphere, we aim to teach performance and life skills such as communication, working together, mutual trust and respect, and creative problem solving through chamber music. We feel strongly that nurturing these qualities will grow dedicated and conscientious leaders of the world. Our selected young musicians are trained by world-class artists of international standing who are devoted to shaping the next generation of professional performers.

We challenge our young artists to:
- explore the farthest reaches of their intellect and passion
- get a professional level training in artistic leadership and communication
- curate meaningful community music outreach events for new audiences
- gain a deeper understanding of artistic interpretation and expression
- establish a foundation for the lifelong journey of teaching oneself
- learn to appreciate different perspectives

In order to be a relevant artistic organization in the 21st century, ENCORE wishes to expand from a summer music festival into a year-round arts establishment, starting with seasonal community outreach seminars in 2020. These seminars will be used to pioneer the first online community outreach curriculum in the world. By educating musicians worldwide how to engage their own communities, ENCORE will help to bridge gaps between artists and those within their communities who may never have had the opportunity to hear and understand classical music.


“I wouldn't trade this experience for anything”

Lana Auerbach, violin  |  2016 Alumna


Board of


William Lavigna


Br. Kenneth Kane


Cindy Koury


Joseph Kromholz, Undersecretary
David Holzheimer
Michael Resch


Jinjoo Cho


Dream Team

Artistic Director & Founder

Jinjoo Cho

Head of Operations

Clara Engen

Admissions Director

Hyunsoo Kim


Artistic Advisors

Annie Fullard
Paul Kantor
Jaime Laredo
Sharon Robinson
Pasha Sabouri


Alumni Achievements

Award winners of: Menuhin International Violin Competition, Klein International String Competition, Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, The M Prize, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and many more!

Students attend: The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, The Colburn School, McGill University, Robert McDuffie School, and other prestigious music colleges and institutions


Commitment to Cleveland

We believe in growing dedicated and conscientious leaders of the world—which is why curating meaningful community outreach events is at the heart of ENCORE Chamber Music’s teaching philosophy. Our young artists receive intensive instructions on how to create an impactful music outreach event. We require them to come up with a script for each occasion incorporating cool facts, silly jokes, and/or stories. These talented young artists always surprise us by coming up with creative ways to engage audience who may have never heard an instrument up close! This hands-on approach invented by ENCORE’s very own Cavani String Quartet is truly unique, and known as “The Cleveland-Style Outreach” in the music world. In the process, our students and faculty develop lifelong bonds, making them lasting goodwill ambassadors for Cleveland.


Literacy Through the ARTs



Screen Shot 2019-01-02 at 11.32.14 PM.png

Brick City Project & Act Now
@Cleveland public theater


Ready to help?






Artist Faculty Concerts

Young Artists Concerts



In collaboration with internationally esteemed arts organizations around the world,
#ENCOREonTour presents an annual fall/winter resideny of masterclasses, seminars, and performances with our amazing artists & alums to share our “Cleveland brand” spirit of chamber music by sharing stories, teaching leadership, and performing with passion.


ENCORE on Tour; Tongyeong, KOREA

February 4-9, 2020

Artist Faculty Members on Tour:
Jinjoo Cho, violin
Mathieu Herzog, viola
Eric Wong, viola
Karol Marinowski, cello
Brannon Cho, cello

Alum on Tour:
Andrew Yu-Ming Ma, violin

In collaboration with: 
Tongyeong International Music Foundation 



ENCORE on Tour; Honolulu, Hawaii

January 13 - 19, 2018

Artist Faculty Members on Tour:
Jinjoo Cho (violin), Eric Wong (viola)
Alums on Tour:
Roman Fraser '17 (violin), Jared Blajian '17 (cello)

In collaboration with: 
- The Iolani School
- Suzuki Association of Hawaii
- Hawaii American String Teachers Association