Cellist Meehae Ryo’s breathtaking technical virtuosity and captivating melody make her the most recognized cellist in the Republic of Korea. She endeavours to play music which makes both herself and her audiences happy. Meehae has earned high praises for her top-notch performances. Some of the highlights of her performances include a trio with pianist Martha Argerich, and a double concerto with the famous violinist Shlomo Mintz.
At the young age of six, Meehae had her first cello lesson. She has won every national competition, stirring her ambition to study abroad in order to grow her musical abilities in the best musical school. She accepted a place at Julliard School at the age of sixteen, then completed her studies with a DMA degree at the University of Michigan, preparing to become a true musician.
She is one of the most acclaimed cellists, performing with numerous orchestras, such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra and more. With them, she stood in some of the most well-known concert halls, including Musikverein Golden Hall, Verdi Hall, Hercules Hall, Smetana Hall, Dvořák Hall, Liszt Hall, Carnegie, Auditorium della Conciliazione and the Berliner Philharmonie.
In 2013, Meehae released her debut album on Deutsche Grammophon, where she recorded Saint-Saëns and Elgar cello concertos. She has also released two albums with SONY Entertainment in which she played with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under maestro Vladimír Válek, and also as a member of the Cosmopolitan Trio.
Meehae did not limit herself to being a concert artist, but also participated in several competitions as a jury member. Until now, she has judged in the Khachaturian International Competition, Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition, Belgrade International Jeunesses Musicales Competition and Beethoven International Competition in the Czech Republic, to name a few.
She is also one of the most respected professors in the Republic of Korea. Based on her personal experiences, she doesn’t only teach her students techniques needed to play cello, but also about the life as a cellist. She has been invited to give master classes in some of the most renowned music schools such as the University of Vienna and the Conservatories of Music in Shanghai and Kazakhstan.
Currently, she is living in Vienna, Austria. She is actively performing over 30 concerts a year as a concert cellist and holds the title of Artistic Director of The IMK Society for the Promotion of Music and Culture (www.schwingungen.at).