Resume and Biography:
graduated from Seoul National University
graduated from G. Verdi National Conservatory in Milan, Italy
graduated from Academia the La Scala in Milan , Italy
graduated from Accademia the Osimo , Italy
won the 1st prize at Puccini national competition
won the 1st prize at Milan national competition
won the 1st prize at Madame Butterfly national Competition
won the 1st prize at Stuttgart Oper national competition and got 'most beautiful voice' title as an additional prize.
* awarded Nanpa Musician
* awarded Young Musician from the Ministry of culture and sports.
* awarded Okgwan distinguished performance award from the President
* awarded the first Best Male Opera Singer
Mr. Ko's appearances include numerous famous theaters in Europe, U.S.A, Russia, China, Japan and Italy. In addition to working with celebrated director Franco Zeffirelli, he has sung together with Jose Cura, Roberto Alagna, Vladimir Galugin, Niclai Martonuci, Giuseppe Giacomini, Gena Dimitrova, Maria Gulegina, Anna mula in various operas such as Rigoletto, Aida, Tosca, Nabucco, Andrea Chenier, and Pagliacci as the main chrarcter.
After being invited by Berlin Philharmonc, he held a vocal recital celebrating the centenary of G. Verdi's death. At the Berlin Opera, he appeared in benefit performance to eradicate AIDS.
He has appeared in over 500 recital and operatic performances. Presently he is a professor of vocal music at Hanyang University. Since 1990, the artist often appears in italy: Festival Pucciniano Torre del Lago, Verdi Festival Parma, Catania, Teatro Verdi Pagoda, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma(Pagliacci 2009, stage direction F. Zeffirelli).
The baritone also performed in spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, etc. Some of his greatest successes were as Amonasro in 'Aida'(2006), De Luna in 'il Trovatore'(2007). Alfio in 'Cavalleria Rusticana', and Tonio in Pagliacci'(2009).
Some of his future engagements in Europe include Cario Gérard in 'Andrea Chénier' with Deutsche Oper Berin(2011) and Opéra de Massy(2012), as well as Iago in 'Otello' with Opéra de Marseille(2013).