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Winston Choi

Winston Choi
Winston Choi
Associate Professor of Piano
Chicago College of Performing Arts
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Winston Choi has performed in recital and with orchestras across 4 continents. Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, his recent season appearances include the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, New York’s Merkin Recital Hall and Symphony Space, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Detroit Institute of Art, the Kravis Center in Florida, the Rosza Centre in Calgary, the Festival Encuentros in Buenos Aires, and the Cicle Grans Solistes in Girona Spain. Summer festival appearances include Bay Chamber Concerts, Fontana Chamber Arts Series, the Green Lake Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, and the Festival of the Sound. In France, Choi has toured extensively and performed in venues such as the Salle Cortot, in Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, and IRCAM’s prestigious Agora festival. His numerous performances have included live radio broadcasts on National Public Radio (NPR), WFMT (Chicago) and CBC (Canada) Radio. For the 2012-13 season and beyond, Choi is touring with Bach's epic Art of Fugue. An accomplished chamber musician, he tours regularly with his wife, MingHuan Xu as Duo Diorama, as well as with the ensemble Pivot Chamber Soloists and the Civitas Ensemble.

In demand as a concerto soloist, orchestras he has appeared with include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, l’Orchestre Symphony d’Orléans, l'Orchestre National de Lille, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. As a dedicated champion of contemporary music, Choi has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by young composers as well as established masters. He is a core member of the new music ensemble Brave New Works and the Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente. Already a prolific recording artist, Choi’s debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine. He has also recorded 2 CDs of the piano music of Jacques Lenot for the Intrada label, having won the Grand Prix du Disque from l’Académie Charles Cros for Volume I. Other labels he can be heard on include Albany, Arktos, Crystal Records, Naxos and QuadroFrame. After initial studies in Toronto with James Tweedie and Vivienne Bailey, his BM and MM studies were at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler, and his DM was completed at Northwestern University with Ursula Oppens. Previously on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory, Choi is Associate Professor and Head of Piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.