Hayoung Choi / Photo: Hayoung Choi

Hayoung Choi
*1998 in Germany

Studies with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt

Kronberg Academy Professional Studies

funded by the Casals Stipendium

Hayoung Choi


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 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. In 2018 she has been awarded first prize in the International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition.

In 2009, 2015 and 2017 Hayoung Choi took part in Kronberg Academy’s Festival where she was awarded the Leyda Ungerer Prize in 2017. In 2008, 2014 and 2016 she took part in Kronberg Academy’s Cello Masterclasses where she was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize in 2008. She participated in Chamber Music Connects the World 2014 and 2016, playing with Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Antje Weithaas, Mate Bekavac, Steven Isserlis and Kim Kashkashian. Since 2014 she has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. Since 2017 she has been studying there with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. These studies are funded by the Casals Stipendium.

Last updated: April 2019