Biography

Lauded for her extraordinary artistry, musical intelligence and expressive intensity, celebrated Australian pianist VIVIAN CHOI has captivated audiences around the world with gripping performances. Acclaimed by Fanfare as “an exemplar of the modern global pianist”, Vivian Choi is in demand for her depth of musical insight of a diverse range of repertoire, from classical to contemporary works, presented in thoughtful and imaginative programs.

Since her Mostly Mozart Festival debut at the Sydney Opera House, Vivian Choi has toured extensively as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and Asia. The recipient of several prestigious honours, Ms. Choi was awarded the Australian Guild of Music and Speech Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Australian Council of Arts Project Grant. For her contribution to the arts, she was awarded the title 2003 Achiever of the Year by the Australian-Korean Cultural Council, and, most recently, was honoured with the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association.

The First Prize winner of the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition in Russia, Vivian Choi has won top prizes in international competitions in Italy, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria, following her initial international recognition at the age of 13 when she won Second prize at the Città di Marsala Due Pianoforti International Piano Competition in Italy as the youngest contestant. Nationally in Australia, Vivian Choi made her concerto debut at the age of 12 as the winner of the New South Wales Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, launching her career as a concerto soloist that has taken her around the globe. Highlights of Ms. Choi's recent seasons include tours of The People's Republic of China, New Zealand,  Slovenia and Croatia as part of the Imago Sloveniae Festival, a series of five all-Chopin recitals in ChopinFest Australia, the International Celebration of Music at the Sydney Town Hall, the Hope, Talents, and Masters Festival in Bulgaria, the Portland International Music Festival and the Piano Future Festival in the USA.

Vivian Choi's debut album comprising works of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Godowsky was released on the Northern Flowers label in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been frequently broadcast on WQXR, WWFM and WQED. Her next album, to be released on Albany Records, will feature an all-American program of world premiere recordings.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Vivian Choi grew up in Sydney, Australia where she received her earliest musical education. She continued her training at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia, graduating summa cum laude. She holds graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University. Vivian Choi's  principal teachers include Kyunghee Lee, Mira Yevtich, Alexander Sandler, Wha Kyung Byun, and Sergey Schepkin. Vivian's studies have been generously assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council’s Arts Funding and Advisory Body.

In addition to performance activities, Vivian Choi has been a juror in numerous piano competitions including, most recently, the 2015 Louisiana International Piano Competition in the US, and has conducted masterclasses worldwide, in institutions such as the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Accademia Filarmonica di Camposampiero in Italy, and Boston University in the US.

Vivian Choi currently resides in New York City.