Winston Choi, piano
Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.
Choi maintains an active performing schedule. In demand as a concerto soloist, Choi has appeared with orchestras such as l’Orchestre National de Lille, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra.
In recent seasons, he has appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Carnegie-Weill and Merkin Recital Halls, the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, and the “Cicle Grans Solistes” in Spain. In France, Choi has performed 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. In 2006, he was on tour in eastern Ontario and Quebec, under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales. An accomplished chamber musician, Choi regularly performs with his wife, Minghuan Xu as Duo Diorama. Upcoming performances include tours of British Columbia (as Duo Diorama), a 10-city tour of the Prairie provinces (through Prairie Debut) and appearances with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Radio France.
Choi is dedicated to the premiering and commissioning of works by new young composers as well as established masters. He has collaborated with composers including William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, George Bright Sheng, Christian Wolff, and John Zorn. 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. He can also be heard on the Arktos, Crystal Records, QuadroFrame.
Choi obtained both his Bachelor and Master Degrees at Indiana University, studying with Menahem Pressler. He is currently a doctoral student at Northwestern University, studying with Ursula Oppens. In 2006, Choi was Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Oberlin Conservatory. This September, he began his faculty appointment at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
“His playing was simply stunning: brawny, virile, and exciting, featuring razor sharp finger work and careful attention to overall pacing. In short, he’s a major young talent with star potential.” New Music Connoisseur
“…sheer élan and pianistic devilment…”
-BBC Magazine (5 stars)
Winston Choi is represented by Marilyn Gilbert Artist Management, Toronto ON
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Tour Concert Performance Schedule
Saturday, October 27/07 Edson, AB
Presented by Chautaqua Edson Arts Council in Red Brick Cultural Centre
Monday, October 29/07 Prince Albert, SK
Presented by Prince Albert Arts Board in E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts
Tuesday, October 30/07 Yorkton, SK
Presented by Yorkton Arts Council in Anne Portnuff Theatre in Yorkton Regional High school
Thursday, November 1/07 Swift Current, SK
Presented by Swift Current Allied Arts Council in Swift Current Comprehensive High school
Friday, November 2/07 Pincher Creek, AB
Presented by Pincher Creek & District Cultural Affairs in Foothills Community Church
Saturday, November 3/07 Bragg Creek, AB
Presented by Bragg Creek Performing Arts in Bragg Creek Centre
Sunday, November 4/07 Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Presented by City of Fort Saskatchewan in Shell Theatre, Dow Centennial Centre
Tuesday, November 6/07 Moose Jaw, SK
Presented by Moose Jaw Cultural Centre in Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
Thursday, November 8/07 Minnedosa, MB
Presented by Minnedosa Performing Arts Committee in Minnedosa Community Centre
Saturday, November 10/07 Winnipeg, MB
Presented by Virtuosi Concerts in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of Winnipeg
Monday, November 12/07 Snow Lake, MB
Presented by Ravna House