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Flutist Jasmine Choi, a native of Korea, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and full-time orchestral musician. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her rich tone, technical brilliance, superb musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. At the age of 22, she was appointed Associate Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony under the music director Paavo Jarvi and became the first Korean woodwind player to hold a post with a major orchestra in the United States.

She has toured with the orchestra to Europe and Japan, as well as major cities in the U.S. Recent performances include solo recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus Schubert Saal in Vienna, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. She has also performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum, Czech Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and KBS Symphony, among many others. She has also appeared as soloist in the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Konzerthaus Mozart Saal in Vienna, Dvorak and Smetana Halls in Prague, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and has performed the concertos of Devienne, Haydn, Ibert, Jolivet, Liebermann, Mercadante, Mozart, Nielsen, Reinecke, Vivaldi, as well as Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2, Bizet-Borne’s Carmen Fantasy, her arrangements of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, among others.

Nominated by Symphony magazine as one of “America’s Emerging Artists” in 2006, 2007, and 2008, Jasmine was winner of Astral Artists’ 2004 National Auditions and is currently a member of Astral’s artist roster. Astral presented her on its “Rising Stars” series at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Adventurous in expanding the repertoire for flute, Jasmine Choi performs her own arrangements of the violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, as well as numerous violin and cello sonatas.

Also active on the contemporary classical music scene, her commissions include works by Korean-American composers Solbong Kim and James Ra, and she frequently performs the works of Isang Yun. Jasmine Choi has served as a member of both the Astral Winds (Woodwind Quintet) and Trio Morisot (flute, viola, harp). An avid chamber musician who performs regularly with members of the Cincinnati Symphony, she has attended Marlboro Music, the Pacific Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Carnegie Hall’s Professional Workshop, under Michael Tilson Thomas.

Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1983, Jasmine Choi began her musical studies on the violin and piano at an early age. She began playing the flute at the age of nine, and one year later gave her first public performance with the Chongju Chamber Orchestra in Haydn’s Concerto in D Major. Her solo career in Korea began at the age of fourteen, and she continues to appear as soloist in many Korean cities each year. Her live performances and recordings are frequently broadcast in Korea on national television and radio.

A Sony Classical artist in Korea, her recording Jasmine Choi Plays Mozart, which includes the Concertos in D Major and C Major (with harpist Xavier de Maistre), was released in 2006 as part of a celebration of Mozart’s 250th Anniversary. Her next recording project, Bach-Haus, will be released in the summer of 2010 and includes the world-premiere recording of J.S. Bach’s violin concertos transcribed for flute.

At sixteen, Jasmine Choi came to the United States when she was accepted to study with renowned flutists Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner at the Curtis Institute of Music. Baker has called her “a huge sensation,” and she was his last student before he passed away. Jasmine Choi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School.
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jasflu - 12 Mar 2010
jasflu - 12 Mar 2010
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