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Jasmine Choi

Praised by the Korea Times as “The goddess of flute”, Jasmine Choi is one of the most celebrated flutists of our generation. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her rich tone, technical brilliance, superb musicianship, and charismatic stage presence since an early age. After having served as principal flute of the Vienna Symphony and associate principal flute of the Cincinnati Symphony, Choi has now taken off with a career of a full-time soloist.

Choi is a flutist for whom it can be said that the descriptor “first” is uncommonly apt. She was the first Korean woodwind player to be hired by a major orchestra in the United States, the first Korean musician to join the Vienna Symphony in the orchestra’s storied 112-year history, the first classical musician to attempt the official Pops Recital tour in Korea, and the first Korean featured as a cover story in Flute Talk magazine USA.

Nominated by Symphony magazine as one of "America's Emerging Artists", Jasmine Choi was presented on the "Rising Stars" series at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall presented by the Astral Artists. Recent performance highlights include solo recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus Schubert Saal in Vienna, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, and has appeared as soloist in the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Konzerthaus Mozart Saal in Vienna, Dvorak and Smetana Halls in Prague, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. She has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Juilliard Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum, Czech Philharmonic Chamber, Seoul Philharmonic, among many others. Choi was invited as soloist for the National Flute Association (NFA)’s 40th anniversary in Las Vegas, and was highly celebrated with her solo performances including the opening gala concert and the closing ceremony, as well as a solo recital and also served as a jury member of their Young Artist Competition.

Born in Seoul and raised in Daejon, South Korea, Jasmine Choi is from a musical family and began her musical studies on the violin and piano at an early age. She began playing the flute at the age of nine, and one year later gave her first public performance with the Chongju Chamber Orchestra in Haydn's Concerto in D Major. Her professional solo career in Korea began at the age of fourteen, and she has been appearing as soloist in Korea numerous times a year. Her live performances and recordings are frequently broadcasted in Korea on national television and radio. At 16, Jasmine Choi came to the United States when she was accepted to study at the Curtis Institute of Music on a full-scholarship. The legendary Julius Baker has called her "a huge sensation," and she studied with him for four years until his death in 2003. Jasmine Choi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner. Choi was the winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artists, Astral Artists, and the Concerto Competition at Juilliard School, which subsequently put her as soloist for the season opening concert of the school’s 100th anniversary under the conductor James DePreist.

Adventurous in expanding the repertoire for flute, Jasmine Choi performs her own arrangements of the violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, as well as numerous violin and cello sonatas. Her arrangements of the Bach’s Double Concerto for two violins and the Monti’s Czardas have been published by the Falls House Press USA. Also active on the contemporary classical music scene, her commissions include works by Korean-American composers Solbong Kim and James Ra, and she frequently performs the works of Isang Yun. More recently, a well-known flutist and composer Gary Schocker dedicated a piece for her called Winter Jasmine, in celebration of Choi’s new 14K gold flute handmade by David Straubinger.

As a recording artist, Choi has recorded numerous solo CDs with Sony Classical, including the Mozart Flute Concertos, Fantasy: Virtuosic Flute Works, Claude Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio, and her latest recording of the Mozart Flute Quartets, released in October 2013.

Jasmine Choi is one of the musicians who believe in the genre called “music”, rather than separating any smaller: she also enjoys playing jazz, pop, movie tunes, broadway, and is quick in communicating with fans around the globe through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Seeking to use music as a conduit to both console and inspire her listeners, and to break down the traditional distinctions of genre and audience, Choi enjoys sharing her life and thoughts and sharing videos of her performances directly with fans.