Jasmine Choi

Flute

“The goddess of flute”- Korea Times
“Jasmine Choi is a revisionist”- Philadelphia Inquirer
“One of 10 best flutists in the history of music”- Sinfini Magazine, UK

Superstar 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 led her to create her own arrangements of major works, including the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. She has performed world premieres of works composed by Daniel Dorff, Detlev Glanert, Texu Kim, Mark Laycock, Gary Schocker and Uriel Vanchestein.

Selected as one of the ten 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 100 concerts each season. Before her full-time career as a soloist began, Ms. Choi was the first Korean musician to hold a post in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra when she joined as principal flute under Fabio Luisi, and was the first Korean woodwind musician in the United States when she joined the Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Jarvi.

She is the 2018 Artist-In-Residence at Sejong Arts Center in Seoul, the oldest classical concert hall in South Korea, giving four different recital programs throughout the year. In addition, the New York Classical Players has recently announced Ms. Choi as their Artist-In-Residence for the next three 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. Her further studies include working privately with Thomas Robertello and Robert Stallman.

She has recorded several solo CDs under the Sony Classical label, including Mozart Flute Concertos, Fantasy (Virtuoso Flute Works), Claude Bolling Jazz Suite, and Mozart Flute Quartets. Other recordings include Telemann Fantasies, Love in Paris (from a live recital), and Trio Joy (free improvisation).

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 can be found on her YouTube channel which has reached more than 5 million views. In 2016, she was named Cultural Ambassador of her hometown Daejeon, Korea.