Thursday, May 25, 2023

Harry Jo | 2nd Prize | Winds & Percussion | 9th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Harry Jo, violin, is a sophomore at Amador Valley High School. He has been playing the violin for 7 years. Prior to joining the SFSYO in 2021, he held the Assistant Principal position in both the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2019 to 2021 and the Livermore-Amador Symphony from 2018 to 2019. Currently, he is the Concertmaster in the Amador Valley High School’s Symphony Orchestra.

Harry has won numerous competitions on the violin, including the 2021 Junior Bach Festival and 1st Prize in the 2018 Korean-American Music Supporters' Association Competition. In 2021, at the age of 14, he won the American Protégé Music Competition and will be performing at Carnegie Hall.

Harry has also been playing the piano for 10 years. He is a recipient of the Certificate of Merit (CM) Panel Regional Honors. On the piano, he won 1st Prizes in multiple competitions, including the Korean-American Music Supporters' Association, Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Piano Solo Competition, United States Open Music Competition,  MTAC Contra Costa Branch Sonata Competition, MTAC Contra Costa Branch Baroque Festival, and the North California Young Talents Music Competition. Most recently, he won the Youth Excellence in Arts Competition for piano. 

Harry has also been playing the alto saxophone for 4 years. Most recently, he was admitted into the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Band. Harry has held the lead alto position in the Amador Valley High School’s Jazz Band A since his freshman year. He passed the CM Panel with Regional Honors on the saxophone, and in 2022, he was selected to perform for the improvisation recital and masterclass at the MTAC State Convention. In 2020 and 2021, Harry was selected as one of two altos in the Junior High Jazz Band at the California All-State Music Education Conference. He also received the Scholarship Award at the 2020 Campana Jazz Festival. 

Alto Saxophone Concerto in E-flat, Op. 109, Alexander Glazunov, 12:58