Violin Viola

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$37.50/half-hr.

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RCM or Suzuki Level 4 and Above

Classical

Leslie and Finch

Praised by the inFranken Deutschland for " his high musicality and his understanding of music," Violist and Violinist, Samuel Choi pursues a multifaceted music career as a teacher, chamber musician, soloist and an arts administrator. Choi is currently a first year Masters of Music Degree candidate at the prestigious Colburn School Conservatory of Music where he is a pupil of Paul Coletti. 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 numerous talented students to participate in the festival. He is also the founder and the artistic director of the OYMCO, a chamber 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 as well as a solo debut with the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra.

Choi was a recipient of Kreissparkasse Bank Collecgium Musicum Scholarship Award in Bamberg, Germany, Grand Prize Winner of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 1st prize winner of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition and Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award Competition and many other awards and scholarships. He has participated, on full scholarship, in numerous festivals including the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Bowdoin International Festival (USA), Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum Akademie (Germany) and Stanford University St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar.

A strong 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) and is committed to teaching and learning from students of all talents. Choi holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma in Viola Performance and a Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music and Wolfgang Sawalisch Stiftung, in Germany where he was on full scholarship.

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