Born in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture, Tetsuya Cho started playing the bassoon at age 11. He graduated from the Department of Instrumental Music of the Faculty of Music at the Tokyo University of the Arts and from the Graduate School of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (CNSMDL). Soon after graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts, he became the principal bassoonist of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded various prizes including 2nd place in the Bassoon Division of the 30th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, the Douseikai Award, and the Encouragement Award of the 48th Kitakyushu Citizen Culture Award. He was a trainee under the overseas study program for upcoming artists of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2019 (Lyon, France). In 2015, Cho performed in the Tokyo Opera City Recital Series “B→C.” In 2018, his debut CD “SOLILOQUY” was released on the Fontec label, and was selected as a Record Geijutsu ‘tokusenban’ (“editor’s choice”). Cho has appeared on multiple TV and radio programs such as “La La La Classic” on NHK, “Untitled Concert” on TV Asahi, and “Recital Nova” on NHK-FM. He also regularly performs at the Kitakyushu International Music Festival and Spring Festival in Tokyo. His mentors include Keiko Nagae, Akira Ishikawa, Kazusa Mizutani, and Carlo Colombo. This year he will appear for the first time at PMF, where he will serve as a PMF Section Leader. 

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