Jasmine Choi Korea/Austria ← Back to list
"The goddess of flute"- Korea Times
“Jasmine Choi is a revisionist"- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Anyone who hears Jasmine Choi's performance will encounter a totally new level of flute playing” - Nikkei Daily Newspaper, Japan
"One of best flutists in the history of music"- Sinfini Magazine, UK
Austrian-based Korean flutist Jasmine Choi has performed across the globe in a variety of genres from classical solo, chamber, and orchestral to experimental, jazz, and pop. Her infinite curiosity has also led her to make her own arrangements of major works, including the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, as well as performing world premieres of works composed by Daniel Dorff, Detlev Glanert, Texu Kim, Mark Laycock, Gary Schocker, Clint Needham, Uriel Vanchestein and Patrick Zimmerli, to name a few.
Selected as one of the best flutists in the history of music by Sinfini Magazine UK in 2015, along with Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, James Galway and Emmanuel Pahud, Ms. Choi is a full-time soloist giving almost 90 concerts each season. Before her full-time career as a soloist has begun, Ms.Choi has served a post in Vienna Symphony Orchestra as principal flute under Fabio Luisi, after serving as associate principal flute at the Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Jarvi.
She was the 2018 Artist-In-Residence at Sejong Arts Center in Seoul, one of the most prominent concert halls in Korea, giving four different recital programs throughout the year. In addition, the New York Classical Players has announced Ms.Choi as their Artist-In-Residence for three consecutive seasons(2018-2021) and will commission three flute concertos for her followed by world-premiere performances.
Ms.Choi has performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony at the Philharmonie's New Year's Eve concert, and with Vienna Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozart Players, Würzburg Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York Classical Players, Sarasota Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic in Finland, Seoul Philharmonic and KBS Symphony in Korea, Osaka Symphony and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, as well as at recitals in Paris, Vienna, London, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Ms. Choi's performance was featured during the 2018 Winter Olympics’ celebrations in PyeongChang, Korea.
As the last pupil of the late Julius Baker, former principal of the New York Philharmonic, and student of Jeffrey Khaner, principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Choi has studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at Juilliard. Later she also studied with Thomas Robertello privately, fulfilling her further curiosity.
She has recorded several solo CDs under the Sony Classical label, including Mozart Flute Concertos, Fantasy (Virtuoso Flute Works), Claude Bolling Jazz Suite, Mozart Flute Quartets. Other recordings include Telemann Fantasies, Love in Paris (from a live recital), Trio Joy (free improvisation), and three single albums including her arrangement of Paganini's Caprice No.24, Clarke's Great Train Race and Reichert's Encore Solo.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Choi has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival, Sarasota Festival, and served as a founding member of the Astral Winds woodwind quintet and Trio Morisot (flute, viola, harp) in the US. She currently tours regularly with guitarist Benjamin Beirs.
Between concerts, Ms. Choi enjoys teaching and guiding young students in master classes. She has previously taught master classes at Juilliard, the Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, Colburn School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Florida University, Universität für Musik in Vienna, among others.
Thanks to her charismatic performance style, she has been invited to perform at many special occasions. She played at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's inauguration reception in New York, and she was a soloist with Vienna Symphony for the opening concert of the Bregenz Festival.
Her performances and teaching videos can be found on her YouTube channel and she enjoys communicating with young flutists. In 2016, she was named Cultural Ambassador of her hometown Daejeon, Korea.