Labeled as a “stylish clarinetist” by the New York Times, Paul Wonjin Cho has performed throughout the world. From esteemed organizations such as the MET Opera Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, Youth Orchestra of the Americas and Asian Youth Orchestra, Paul has played in Asia, Australia, Europe and all throughout the United States. Currently as the principal clarinetist of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul was featured as a soloist on the Mozart clarinet concerto, in which he played a basset clarinet. For the past two years, he has also served as a guest principal clarinetist in the American Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

As an active freelancer in New York City, Paul plays regularly at various, wide-ranging venues such as: Broadway musicals, weekly services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NOVUS NY at Trinity Church Wall Street, International Sejong Soloists and at Decoda, an affiliated ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Paul holds a professorship at Adelphi University, at Horace Mann School, and at New York Music School in Tenafly, NJ. He has also taught at PS 200 in Brooklyn, as a fellow of the Ensemble Connect.

A graduate of Yale School of Music, University of Southern California, Seoul National University and Korean National University of Arts,  Paul studied under Dong-Jin Kim, Yehuda Gilad and David Shifrin, and has recently become a Yamaha Artist.


My Story

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, I am living my American dream after immigrating 15 years ago. Even though majority of my education and training was done in Korea, I believe I have learned more and have enhanced my playing style from my experiences in the US.

I am proud Korean immigrant, living in the rich, cultural melting pot of New York. My beautiful wife, daughter, and I call the Bronx our home. I love anything to do with Korean politics, culture, and FOOD! My last meal on earth would have to be Dduk-bok-ki and Soon-dae-guk-bab. Hands down, no other food can top those. And I am a huge Los Angeles Dodgers  fan, still waiting for a
World Series ring, even after 30 painful years. Some interesting facts about me: I don’t do leftovers. I cannot stand rude drivers. I love winter. I love listening to (good) acapella. 
Seo Taiji and Boys was my favorite band growing up and now I dig Björk. And spiritually, I fear God and am grateful I am living by His abundant grace.



"Bereite dich" means "Prepare yourself" and it is one of the signature moment in Mahler Resurrection Symphony.



Come hear me play!

Binghamton Philharmonic - Simone, Ellington and Parks
Broome County Forum Theater
Influences and Inspirations at Carnegie Hall
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Higher Ground
Scrag Mountain Music
Montpelier, VT
Redeemer Presbyterian Church DT - Brahms
Redeemer Presbyterian Church DT
Ensemble Connect - Bruce, Gardner
Tippet Rise
Ensemble Connect - Brahms
Tippet Rise


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