Dami Soh Schlobohm was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Maryland from the age of five. Her mother being a piano teacher, Dami was introduced to music early on, having her first piano lessons when she was two. Many years and tantrums later, when she was nine years old, Dami thought she was finally done with music until she heard a family friend play the cello and fell in love.
Soon after, Dami began spending Saturdays at the Peabody Preparatory and playing in every ensemble she could join. She studied cello with Ms. Bai Chi Chen, Dr. Franklin Cox, Jr., Ms. Gita Ladd, and Dr. Benjamin Myers-with whom she did her pedagogy training. She earned her B.A. in Cello Performance with an emphasis in Musicology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Fascinated by the many different genres of music and their representative cultures, Dami began studying the music of her heritage with Korean Performing Arts Academy of America (KPAAA) directors Ms. Soon He So and Pastor Hyung Joo Cho in 2008. She would later travel to Korea to earn her Master’s degree in Korean Musicology from Seoul National University.
Using her personal experiences and understanding of music theory, Dami teaches a busy private cello studio and leads traditional Korean drumming workshops in the DC/Metro area. Being versatile and open to just about anything, Dami has performed in venues ranging from beach boardwalks to concert halls and records frequently as a session cellist for Baltimore area artists.
Dedicated to enriching her communities, Dami has been an adjudicator for county Solo & Ensemble Festivals, served as board member for the Howard County Arts Council, and is currently an active board member of The Columbia Orchestra and the Asian Arts and Culture Center.