Superstar flutist Jasmine Choi is renowned throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States for her brilliance in every musical genre: solo, orchestral, experimental, pops, chamber, transcriptions, and recording. Named one of the “Top 10 Greatest Flutists in History” by Sinfini Magazine (UK) in February of 2015, Choi is celebrated for her golden tone, highly sophisticated musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. She is a musical innovator who also writes her own transcriptions of great repertoire for other instruments.
Among Jasmine Choi’s important “firsts”:
— First Korean principal to join the Vienna Symphony in its 113-year history;
— First Korean woodwind player to be hired as associate principal by a major symphony orchestra (the Cincinnati Symphony) in the United States;
— First classical musician to embark on the official Pops Recital tour in Korea;
— First Korean featured as a cover story in Flute Talk magazine (USA). Following her orchestral career, Choi — dubbed “the Goddess of the Flute” by the Korea Times — has now moved on to a high-flying career as a full-time soloist.
Born into a musical family in Seoul, Jasmine Choi began violin studies at three and piano lessons at five, but when she was nine she received a flute for her birthday, igniting her passion for performance. At 16, she was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music as one of the last students of legendary New York Philharmonic principal flute Julius Baker – who called her “a huge sensation.” Choi subsequently earned a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, after which she was immediately hired at 22 as associate principal flute at Cincinnati Symphony. Six years later she moved on to Vienna Symphony’s principal flute chair; in 2013 she launched her solo career.
Nominated by Symphony magazine as one of “America’s Emerging Artists” in 2005, Jasmine Choi has since been presented in recital and as a concerto soloist in the great halls of the U.S. and Europe, from Philadelphia’s Academy of Music and Los Angeles’ Disney Hall to London’s Wigmore Hall and Vienna’s Großer Musikvereinssaal. She has made solo appearances with the orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Petersburg, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Juilliard, Turku, Riga, and the Czech Republic.
Jasmine Choi performs her own arrangements of major violin works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Saint-Saëns, as well as numerous sonata transcriptions. She has premiered works by Gary Schocker, Mark Laycock, Detlev Glanert, Solbong Kim, and James Ra. Choi’s discography extends from Mozart and Telemann to Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio.
Highlights of Jasmine Choi’s 2015-2016 season include performances with the Berlin Symphony at the Philharmonie Berlin, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Korean Symphony, George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, and Olten Philharmonic in Izmir (Turkey), as well as recitals in Paris, Berlin, Arlberg, Madrid, Bangkok, Seoul, and her own annual master classes in Bregenz, Austria (where she now lives).
Jasmine Choi is a real-life ambassador as well as a musical one, appointed to that post by the mayor of her hometown — Daejon, Korea. Choi enjoys communicating directly with fans. For more news, videos, and schedule updates, visit her website (www.jasminechoi.com).