Jasmine Choi

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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 for her 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 moved on to a career as a full-time soloist.

Nominated by Symphony magazine as one of "America's Emerging Artists," Jasmine Choi was presented on the "Rising Stars" series in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 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 she has appeared as a 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, and Seoul Philharmonic, among many others. Ms. 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.

 

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 New York Philharmonic principal Julius Baker 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 Philadelphia Orchestra principal Jeffrey Khaner. Later she had further studies with Thomas Robertello. 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 made her the soloist for the season opening concert of the school's 100th anniversary celebration under the conductor James DePriest.

 

Adventurous in expanding the repertoire for flute, Jasmine Choi performs her own arrangements of the violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, as well as numerous other 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.

 

As a recording artist, Ms. Choi has recorded four 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, played with the principal strings of the Vienna Symphony.  In June of 2014, she will record her fifth CD, a very personal interpretation of the twelve fantasies of Telemann.

 

Jasmine Choi is one of the musicians who believe in the genre called "music," rather than making any greater distinctions of category.  She also enjoys playing jazz, pop, movie tunes, and Broadway as well as the classics, and she is quick in communicating with fans around the globe through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. She may also be the first flutist to reach 1.5 million hits on YouTube.

 

For more information, visit Ms. Choi at
www.chesapeakeartists.com and
www.jasminechoi.com

 


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Short Profile

NameChoi, Jasmine
Born inSouth Korea, Asia
Home LocationBregenz, Austria
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Korean,  German 
Reviews
2014-07-31 Town Topics (Princeton, NJ),
"Mr. Laycock, Ms. Choi and the Buffalo Philharmonic presented a mid-summer treat of well-played and well-appreciated music. Mr. Laycock's Flute Concerto for Jasmine Choi (Songbird's Journey) showcased the young Korean flute virtuoso Jasmine Choi, clearly a rising star on the international music scene. …this three-movement work drew upon the full virtuostic (sic) abilities of the prodigious Ms. Choi. Ms. Choi played the joyful themes with clean runs, supporting the atmosphere of birds chasing one another. Throughout the work, Ms. Choi played with a great deal of physical energy and determination, fitting well into the majestic phrases."
(Nancy Plum)
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 The Philadelphia Inquirer,
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    Korean flutist Jasmine Choi is a revisionist, and one so serious as to put her young career on the line for the sake of broadening the flute repertoire and raising the instrument's profile.

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     The Korea Times,
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      The goddess of flute!

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       The Musical Opinion, London,
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        Tone: fluent and refined, musicianship: impeccable.

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         Flute Talk Magazine,
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          Many of us remember Rampal's iconic recording of the Bolling Suite. Granted Rampal's recording is a challenging act to follow, but Choi quite successfully brings a fresh and definitive look to the score. The playing is expressive and nuanced. This CD should be on the 'must have' list for serious flutist.

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           The Gramophone Korea,
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            The rising star we have to watch out for... Jasmine Choi earned passionate applause from [her performance of] the flute concerto by Andre Jolivet... She unites perfect technique and astounding musicianship.

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             The Auditorium,
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              Welcome, virtuoso flutist!... Jasmine Choi played the Liebermann Flute Sonata with intense passion that completely stirred up the audience at the Konzerthaus in Vienna... Her interpretation was superb.

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               The Broad Street Review (Philadelphia),
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                Choi's transcription gives the flute the opportunity to indulge in the surging passions and grand gestures the Romantics added to our musical dialogue.

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                 The Austrian Flute Society,
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                  Jasmine Choi was celebrated by the audience in the seventh Austrian Flute Festival in Vienna. Her wonderful sound and her cultivated, even-tempered interpretation left no dreams unfulfilled.

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                   The Joong-Ang Daily,
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                    At the world's prestigious Prague Mozart Festival, a young Korean flutist Jasmine Choi showed an exceptional performance, with her exquisite tone and brilliant technique.

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                     The Chosun Daily,
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                      An excellent flutist!

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                       The Choong-Chung Today,
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                        The allure of the flute that touched the world...The star of the flute is born.

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                         The String & Bow,
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                          This world-class flutist's concerto debut in Vienna was a huge success.

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                           The Classical,
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                            Jasmine Choi has complete control of her technique, a technique that expresses everything she wishes it to... Her confident interpretation [of the Jolivet Flute Concerto] led the whole orchestra, not the other way around.
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                             The Philadelphia Inquirer ,
                            "A major talent with a robust tone."
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                             Read reviews at Chesapeake International Artists - http://www.chesapeakeartists.com,
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