Hayoung Choi, a young cellist with a South Korean background, was born in Bielefeld in 1998. She was taught by Hyong Won Chang and Myung-Wha Chung at the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts in Korea and studied at the Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire (England) with Alexander Boyarsky.
As a next-generation artist, Hayoung Choi is already in great demand with the leading South Korean orchestras but has also given performances in Europe with Camerata Salzburg and gave a recital at the St Moritz Festival in 2011.
In 2008 she was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize at the Cello Masterclasses in Kronberg. In South Korea Hayoung Choi has been awarded many distinctions, such as first prize in the Strad Music Competition and in the Yewon Music Competition in 2006. She has also convinced jurors at international competitions of her abilities: in 2009 she was awarded first prizes in the International Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer Competition for young cellists and in 2011 in the International Johannes Brahms Competition. In 2010 she was also awarded the Scholarship for a Young Musician of Promise at the Uttwil Master Classes in Switzerland.
Hayoung Choi plays a Domenico Montagnana cello made in 1733 which is on loan to her by John & Arthur Beare.
In 2009 and 2015 Hayoung Choi took part in Kronberg Academy’s Festival. In 2014 and 2016 she took part in the Cello Masterclasses & Concerts and participated in Chamber Music Connects the World, playing with Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, and Kim Kashkashian. From 2014-2017 she studied with Frans Helmerson. Since 2017 she has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. These studies are funded by the Casals Stipendium.
Last updated: September 2017