Hailed by Time Out New York as “passionate”, and “one of New York’s most reliably adventurous performers”, violinist Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation. Internationally recognized as a performer with “brilliance and command,” (The New York Times), “a leading New York new-music violinist that plays it with fiery authority” (Boston Globe), and with “intense, spectacularly virtuosic play” (The Seattle Weekly), Jennifer brings her strong classical background and dedication to whatever work she decides to take on from Bach to Zorn and back.
Ms. Choi is regularly sighted in solo performances of rare works that stretch the limits of violin playing often calling for extended techniques, improvisation, and the use of electronics. In 2006 she received a grant from the New York State Music Fund for the premiere and performances of Holding Fast for violin and video written for her by Randall Woolf. She also gave the world premiere of John Zorn’s solo violin work, Goetia at the Guggenheim Museum, as well as the U.S. premieres of Jacob ter Veldhuis Capriccio and Helmut Lachenmann’s Toccatina. In 2011, Ms. Choi was invited to premiere Wadada Leo Smith’s violin concerto, Afrikana 2 . She can be heard on over a dozen albums for TZADIK record label in compositions by new music icons such as John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Susie Ibarra Trio, as well as on her self-released album, VIOLECTRICA- Works for Solo Violin and Electronics.
Ms. Choi has performed worldwide in venues such as the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the RAI National Radio in Rome, the Mozartsalle in Vienna, and gave her debut recital in Carnegie Hall in April 2000 as Winner of the Artists International Competition. Subsequently, she performed the Brahms, Bach, Sibelius, and Beethoven concertos among others with orchestras across the United States.
A prominent chamber musician, Jennifer was a former violinist of the Miró String Quartet. With her involvement, the group won Grand Prize at the 1996 Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions. Since then, she has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, Ravinia Festival, Barge Music, Caramoor Music, Strathmore Mansion series, and numerous other chamber music series across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has also been a member of Fireworks Ensemble, Sirius String Quartet, the Susie Ibarra Trio, and toured with the string quartet known as ETHEL during their 2011-2012 season. Currently, Ms. Choi is the violinist of the Either/Or Ensemble and Classical Jam.
During the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Choi served as Concertmaster for Lincoln Center’s National touring production of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Subsequently, she has performed on Broadway’s Wonderland, and currently performs in Newsies as a designated sub. In January 2013, she was selected to be a member of the newly established Ensemble LPR with Tito Muñoz, conductor.
A dedicated music educator, Ms. Choi is a veteran Teaching Artist having served in the organizations of the New York Philharmonic Education Department, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the 92nd Street Y in the span of seven years. This past 2012 season, she came back to teaching artistry, having been chosen to pioneer the New York Philharmonic’s REMIX! project. In this program, NYC middle school children were taught to create and perform their own works by way of rote memory and improvisation to much acclaim.
Ms. Choi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Violin Performance from the Juilliard School. She acknowledges all the great teachers she has had the fortune to work with: Roland and Almita Vamos, Camilla Wicks, Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, Robert Mann, and Gregory Fulkerson.