Biography

Pianist Winston Choi has won numerous international and national competitions, including First Prize at the Orleans Concours International (France) and most recently Second Prize at the prestigious Honens International Piano Competition (Canada). As a result, he has received several tours and numerous recital and concerto engagements throughout the world. Winston recently made solo recordings for the l'Empreinte Digitale and Quadro Frame labels which have received rave reviews.

Winston has performed throughout Poland, China, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Netherlands, with his most recent tours taking him through Belgium, South America, and France. Equally experienced as a chamber musician and soloist, he has been featured on live radio broadcasts in both roles. New York audiences first heard him when he performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as collaborative pianist. Winston has been featured as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras throughout the United States, France, and Canada.

Other major competitions wins include the International Krystof Penderecki Competition Soloist Division, the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, the International Kingsville Young Performers' Piano Competition, and the Crane Festival of New Music Solo Performers Competition.

As an active performer of contemporary music, Choi has premiered dozens of new works dedicated to him, performed for Milton Babbit's induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and has worked with composers including Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandstrom, John Zorn, and Elliott Carter. Choi's early piano studies began in Toronto, Canada, where he was in the Young Performer's Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto taking lessons with Marc Durand and Leon Fleisher. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees at Indiana University studying with Menahem Pressler, and is currently studying with Ursula Oppens in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Northwestern University.

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