BACKSTAGE WITH BRIAN CHOI
Born in Hong Kong, Violinist Brian Kwan Yeung Choi, started learning the violin at the age of six. He has won numerous prizes, including the New York International Artists Association (NYIAA) First Prize in 2017, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition First Prize in 2017, and the Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year First Prize in 2006. He has participated in international competitions, including as a semi-finalist in the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition in 2017, the 11th Wieniawski International Violin Competition for Young Violinists, as well as the 6th Tchaikovsky International Youth Violin Competition. Brian has recently performed Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic as the soloist and participated in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar with the Ceres Quartet in May 2018. He has been invited by the festival Paesaggi Musicali Toscani 2017 as a guest artist, performed a recital in Italy with the legendary pianist Bruno Canino in late August, and made his debut recital in Carnegie Hall as the winner of the NYIAA in September 2017.
Brian entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) at the age of eight as a preparatory student and completed the Certificate of Music at HKAPA at the age seventeen. Brian has extensive chamber music experience, studying with renowned artists including Joel Krosnick, Laurie Smukler, Katherine Murdock, Mai Motobuchi, Yeesun Kim, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein. During his undergraduate years at NEC he won 3rd place in the Bales Violin Competition which allowed him the loan of a fine Vuillaume instrument, as well as placing as a finalist in the Boston Pops Concerto Competition of 2017. Brian has studied with violinists Kin Fung Leung and Paul Biss, and is currently studying with pedagogue Donald Weilerstein. He has also performed in masterclasses including for members of the American String Quartet, Pacifica String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet. He attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival summer of 2016 and 2017, and was part of Aspen Summer Music Festival Center for Advanced Quartet Studies in 2018 with the Ceres Quartet.
Brian is currently the concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Hong Kong) and substitute violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.