Pianist Vivian Choi is widely regarded as one of the most gifted pianists of her generation. Lauded for her extraordinary artistry, musical intelligence and expressive intensity, she has captivated audiences around the world with gripping performances. Hailed by Fanfare as “an exemplar of the modern global pianist,” Ms. Choi is in demand for her depth of musical insight of a diverse range of repertoire, from classical to contemporary works, presented in thoughtful and imaginative programs.
Since her triumphant Mostly Mozart debut at the Sydney Opera House at the age of 12, Ms. Choi has performed extensively throughout Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Highlights of recent seasons include her debut in China, touring 5 cities in 8 recitals, a tour of Slovenia and Croatia in the Imago Sloveniae Festival, a series of 5 all-Chopin recitals in ChopinFest Australia, as well as the Hopes, Talents and Masters Festival in Bulgaria, the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series, the Bozeman Symphony Piano Series, and the Portland International Music Festival in the USA.
Her critically-acclaimed debut album, with works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Godowsky, was released in 2010 on the St. Petersburg Northern Flowers label. For her rendition of the Godowksy transcription of Die Fledermaus, Byzantion UK wrote, “she makes light once again of all technical demands, keeping control of the torrent of notes that threatens to spill off the pages of the score.” Fanfare praised her “luminous textures and tremendous rhythmic vitality,” describing the album as “an impressive introduction to a pianist well worth hearing.”
Ms. Choi received international recognition at the age of 13 when she won Second prize at the Città di Marsala Due Pianoforti International Piano Competition in Italy, as the youngest contestant. Since then, she has won First prize in the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition in Russia, First prize in the Peter De Grote International Music Competition in the Netherlands, and First prize in the Dobrich-Albena International Music Competition in Bulgaria. She was the winner of the Guido Alberto Fano Prize at the Guido Alberto Fano International Piano Competition in Italy, for the “Best Performance of Fano's piano music.”
Among the honors she has received are the Australian Guild of Music and Speech Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Australian Council of Arts Project Grant. The Australian-Korean Cultural Council awarded her the title 2003 Achiever of the Year for her contribution to the arts, and, most recently, she was awarded the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Grant from the American Australian Association.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Vivian Choi received her earliest musical education at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music Preparatory School with Kyunghee Lee and Mira Jevtich-Ruben, during which time she also participated in the Australian National Academy of Music programs. She left Australia to continue her musical training at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia with Alexander Sandler and Leonid Tamulevich, graduating summa cum laude. She received her Masters of Music with Academic Honors and Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Wha Kyung Byun, and her Artist Diploma at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Sergey Schepkin. Ms. Choi’s studies have been generously assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council’s Arts Funding and Advisory Body.
In addition to performance activities, Ms. Choi has been a juror in piano competitions throughout the USA including the Kenneth A. Darrell Memorial Piano Competition and the Granite State Piano Competition. She serves on the piano faculty at Concordia Conservatory in New York and has given masterclasses at the Accademia Filarmonica di Camposampiero in Italy and the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in Sydney.
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