Praised as “positively mesmerizing at the piano” by The Times-Tribune, Korean-American pianist MINJU CHOI has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis and Shreveport Symphonies, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Music Academy of the West and Juilliard Orchestras. Ms. Choi has been presented in recitals in cities in the U.S. and abroad, including Paris, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago. She has been presented in prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Steinway Hall, and the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival. She has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician in live and recorded performances on radio stations around the country including WQXR New York Radio, WFMT Chicago Radio, WQSC Santa Barbara, KDAQ Shreveport, and WICR Indianapolis. Ms. Choi was a featured artist at the Vancouver Recital Society’s Chamber Music Festival, in which her performances were broadcast on the CBC Canada Radio.
A strong enthusiast of contemporary music, Ms. Choi is recognized for her championship of music by American composers. She has commissioned a variety of works that have been written for her by American composers. In 2015, American composer Ching-chu Hu wrote and dedicated the Pulse to Ms. Choi which was world premiered in the same year. Other notable performances of American works have included David Diamond’s Piano Concerto with conductor Gerard Schwarz and Philip Lasser’s piano sonata "The White Owls" at Schola Cantorum in Paris, which resulted in Ms. Choi's performance of the sonata as the centerpiece of a modern dance work presented at Lincoln Center and at the French Institute in New York City. She has also worked with American composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, and Joel Hoffman.
Committed to arts advocacy, Ms. Choi has created numerous community music programs such as the University of Indianapolis Community Music Service Fellowship, which provides the school's music students and faculty to uniquely contribute their talents by performing free public concerts at local health care facilities. In 2016, she also served as the Indiana Arts Commission's Strategic Planning Committee Member.
The South Korean-born, Indiana-bred pianist has been awarded prizes in several competitions including first prize in the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition, the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition. Ms. Choi was also a winner in the National YoungArts Foundation Competition. Ms. Choi earned her bachelor´s and master´s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She pursued additional studies with Jean-Claude Pennetier at École Normale de Musique in Paris and with Bernd Goetzke at Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien in Hannover, Germany. She completed her doctoral studies at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. Ms. Choi has previously taught piano at the University of Indianapolis. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Missouri State University.