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Winston Choi

Pianist Winston Choi is currently a student of Ursula Oppens, in the Certificate of Performance Program at Northwestern University. He earned both his Bachelor's and Masters Degrees at Indiana University, where he studied with Menahem Pressler. Prior to his studies at Indiana, Winston was in the Young Performer's Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (R.C.M.), where he worked with Marc Durand and Leon Fleisher.

Winston is the winner of numerous national and international competitions. Most recently, he won 1st prize in the Orleans Concours International (France). Included in this prize are recording contracts with two labels, l'Empreinte Digitale (distributed by Harmonia Mundi) and QudroFrame, as well as a number of concerto and recital engagements. Winston also received 1st prize in the Soloist Division of the International Krystof Penderecki Contemporary Chamber Music Competition. He is a two-time winner of Indiana University's Piano Concerto Competition, and the winner of such other competitions as Northwestern's Concerto Competition, the 2000 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale (grand prize), the 2000 Kingsville Piano Concerto Competition, and the 1999 Crane Festival of New Music Solo Performer Competition.

Winston performs frequently in solo recitals, and likewise as a chamber musician, and concerto soloist. He has been featured on radio for WFIU (Indiana) and WFMT (Chicago), in both live and recorded broadcasts. Winston had his Carnegie Hall debut in performance with flutist, Ken Chia. Other performances have brought him to Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Poland. Orchestras he has been featured soloist with include the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University Concert Orchestra, and the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.

Winston is actively involved in the performances of contemporary music, playing in numerous new music festivals and conferences. In April of 1999, he performed "Post-Partitions," by Milton Babbitt, for the composer's induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has premiered dozens of new works and has had numerous works dedicated to him. Composers he has worked with include P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandstrom, Leslie Bassett, and Elliott Carter.


"Winston Choi performed in place of the scheduled soloist, and conquered the course in a musical, athletic manner. He has proved on previous occasion, as he certainly did here, a commanding technique."

"Choi disposed of Prokofiev's killer Concerto No.2 in G Minor as if doing so were easy. What's more, along the way, he seemed to be having fun, permitting subtle smiles sneak to across his face. Fortunately, he had a large and cheering audience at the Musical Arts Center; the response was enthusiastic, to say the least...people shouted and gave the fellow a standing ovation."

Hoosier Times

"Choi, winner of the student piano competition, met every challenge, including first and fourth movement cadenzas that test a pianist's technical prowess to the limit. He appeared to revel in display in every propulsive passage, and in all the explosive octave work. What one heard also from this agile young pianist was the occasional subtlety that Prokofiev's score also calls for."

Herald Times

"Through lavish phrases, riots of descending and ascending chords, runs and trills and other dazzlements, Choi gave voice to the (Liszt Second) concerto, a single movement entity that builds toward a series of stunning climaxes."

"When he was done, a young, large, and enthusiastic audience cheered heartily. Many attendees rose to pay their respects for what this most promising pianist had accomplished. He was deserving of the reception. One could easily be impressed not only by the skill level of his technique but by a poetry in the hands and heart that revealed itself when the score permitted some rhapsodizing."

Herald Times

Winston Choi
310 South Dunn St.Bloomington, IN 47401

Winston Choi Pianist Winston Choi is currently a student of Ursula Oppens, in the Certificate of Performance Program at Northwestern University. He... More
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