RCM Level 4 or Suzuki Level 4 and Above
Leslie and Finch
M.Music. (Colburn Conservatory of Music), A.D.P. (Glenn Gould School),
B.Music. (University of Toronto)
Praised by the inFranken.de (Germany) for " his high musicality and his understanding of music," Violist and Violinist, Samuel Choi pursues a multifaceted music career as a teacher, chamber musician, adjudicator, soloist and an arts administrator. Choi is currently a second year Masters of Music Degree candidate at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music where he is a pupil of Paul Coletti. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto and Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music. In 2019, Choi was appointed as the Artistic Director of the OYMI Music Festival where he has invited numerous renowned artists all over the world and recruited talented students to participate in the festival. He is also the founder and the Artistic Director of the OYMCO, a chamber string youth orchestra, based in Toronto.
As a soloist, Choi has appeared with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, PRISMA Festival Orchestra, Chinese Arts Society of Toronto Orchestra, A.Y. Jackson Symphony and Chamber Orchestra where he performed the concertos of Bartok, Walton, Mozart and Bach. Some of Choi's future engagements include a solo debut with the Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum Sinfonieorchester in Germany, where he is scheduled to give 3 performances of the Bartok Viola Concerto under Maestro. Dorian Keilhack. Other future solo engagements include Walton Viola Concerto performance with the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6 with the Colburn baroque Ensemble and the Collegium Musicum Baroque Orchestra. Choi was a winner of the Kreissparkasse Bank Collecgium Musicum Scholarship Award in Bamberg, Germany, Grand Prize Winner of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, runner up of the PRISMA Festival Concerto Competition,1st prize winner of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize winner of the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award Competition and many other awards and scholarships. He has participated on full scholarships, in numerous festivals including the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Wolfgang Sawallisch stiftung Institute (Germany), Bowdoin International Festival (USA), Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum Akademie (Germany), Stanford University St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar (USA) and PRISMA Festival (Canada).
As an orchestral and chamber musician, Samuel has played with world renowned conductors and artists such as Esa Pekka Salonen, Sir Andrew Davis, Stephane Deneve, Peter Oundjian, Gabor Tackacs Nagy, Leon Fleischer, James Ehnes, Jan Vogler, Andras Keller, Rachel Barton Pine, Mate Szucs, Benjamin Beilman, Marianna Shirinyan, Jonathan Crow and many other renowned musicians. Choi was featured in former Juilliard String Quartet Cellist, Joel Krosnick's documentary, "What to play next?" which was released in 2019. A frequent guest in media, Choi has been interviewed and featured by newspapers and other media outlets such as the Korea times Daily, inFranken.de (Germany), The Korean Real Estate Post, Nordbayern.de (Germany), WOWTV and Powell River Peak. As a soloist and chamber musician, Choi has performed in the presence of Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Dalai Lama, Alberta Premier. Jason Kenney, former Ontario Premier. Bob Rae and the members of the Schonborn Family.
A passionate believer in music education and outreach, Choi was a chamber music coach at the Senior Division of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Formerly known as YAPA) where he also served as orchestra mentor of the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy Chamber Orchestra and coached the Royal Conservatory Community School Orchestra. Choi is deeply grateful to all his teachers Paul Coletti, Jurgen Weber, Teng Li, Steven Dann, Jonathan Crow, Timothy Ying, Dennis Kim, Barry Shiffman, Mate Szucs and Kelly Parkins Lindstrom with whom he studied violin pedagogy.
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