Pianist Hokyong Choi has been the winner of several prestigious international competitions, including second prize at the 2018 Paderewski International Piano Competition, and first prize at the 2017 Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition, the 2017 East Coast International Competition, and the 2017 American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition.
She has frequently performed at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City since her 2016 New York debut after winning first prize in the 2016 American Protege International Competition. She has also played in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Room as a selected pianist in Richard Goode’s Masterclass, which led to an invitation to give a guest artist solo recital at Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Ms. Choi has also garnered awards at competitions presented by the 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 performed in Puerto Rico, Belgium, China, Korea, and the United States, including her solo feature in the Boston premiere of Percy Grainger’s “The Warriors” with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra in Boston’s Symphony Hall. 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.
As an accomplished chamber artist, Hokyong Choi’s ensemble, Soloists of New England, was invited to perform at the 2018 Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. 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 mentors include Hee Sung Joo, Yong Hee Moon, and Boaz Sharon. Her doctoral lecture recital presented Nicholai Medrner’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”.
She is currently on faculty at Sharon Music Academy and is engaged with Soloists of New England and Boston University Tanglewood Institute as a pianist.