Pianist Hokyong Choi has concertized widely in Korea, Germany, Belgium, China, and the United States. She has appeared on stages such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, in her New York debut, and in Boston’s Symphony Hall for her solo feature in the Boston premiere of Percy Grainger’s “The Warriors”. She has also played in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Room as a selected pianist in a masterclass of Richard Goode, which led to an invitation to give a guest artist solo recital at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Ms. Choi made her debut at the Sejong Center for Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea in 2010, with the Chun Chu Rising Star series, and performed at Seoul National University as a selected performer in the 2010 Schumann Festival.
She has also received recognition in several prestigious international competitions, including second prize at the Paderewski International Piano Competition, and first prize at the Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition, the East Coast International Competition, and the American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition, Baltimore Music Club, the Korean Times, Classical Music Magazine Chun Chu, the Korea-German Brahms Institute, the Korea International Piano Competition, and the Sejong Orchestra. She has frequently performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City since her 2016 New York debut after winning first prize in the American Protege International Competition.
As an accomplished chamber artist, she has collaborated with world renowned artists such as Robert Sheena, Bayla Keyes, and Keisuke Wakao. Also, Hokyong Choi’s ensemble, Soloists of New England, was invited to perform at the 2018 Artist Faculty Series at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and at Lincoln Center in 2019. Recently, a CD of the live performance at Lincoln Center was released. She was also invited to perform at the Wellesley Free Library in 2017, and her solo and chamber performances have been filmed by Wellesley Media Corporation, a Massachusetts cable station. For the past two years Ms. Choi has been invited to serve as a staff pianist at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where she has worked closely with many young musicians.
Ms. Choi received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Boston University, Master of Music from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University. Her doctoral lecture recital presented Nicholai Medtner’s work for piano solo, 6 Skazki Op.51, under the title “Skazka utilized narratives of the Russian tradition of folk-tales in the old-fashioned scheme, as well as an abundance of Russian musical characteristics”.
Ms. Choi has been engaged as a piano instructor for Boston University and Cambridge Public Schools. She has also been invited to give masterclasses at the Young Artist Piano Program of Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She is currently engaged with Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Affiliated Artist.
Updated November, 2020