Described as ‘magical and mesmerizing’, ’her Chopin touches people’s heart and soul’( Frankfurt Allgemeiner Zeitung), and having a ‘charismatic stage presence multiplied by her personal charm’,( Frankfurter Neue Presse) ‘formidable technique and exceptional sensitivity’,(The Piano) EUGENE CHOI is a pianist of iron will, utmost devotion and romantic inspiration.
Today EUGENE CHOI, exclusive artist of SONY Classical and a piano faculty at Kalaidos Musikhochschule in Zürich, Switzerland is busy with her new project – ‘International Online Music Academy ‘EugeneONclassics’.
In the last few years, Ms. Choi has served as Director of Academy & Professor in residence in several festivals in European countries: ’Festival Gegen den Strom’, ‘Lev Natochenny International piano Institute’, Germany and ‘Piano Loop Academy’ in Split, Croatia, which gave her firm foundation and capability to create her own institution “EONclassics”.
Ms.Choi performed her first solo recital at the age of 8 in Seoul, Korea, followed by her official debut in Korea at 11 as a soloist with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. At 16, her USA orchestral debut with Boston Pops Orchestra took place at the Boston Symphony Hall with Maestro Keith Lockhart, as well as with Maestro Benjamin Zander in Jordan Hall. Again at age 20 in Jordan hall Eugene played with Maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. The list of orchestras which she has collaborated with continued, with re-engagements with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra 20 years after her debut, at Seoul Art Center and many state orchestras in Korea such as Busan, Inchon, Kyunggi, Gwangju, Daegu, Eurasian philharmonic Orchestras to name a few.
Ms. Choi performed her numerous solo recitals in festivals such as Rheingau, Weilburg, Varazdin, Opatia, Kotor, Montenegro, Lyubliana, Holzhausenschlöschen, Frankfurt, Augusburger Mozartiade, Chopin Gesellschaft, Steinway, Bechstein concert series, as well as 7 appearances at Alte Oper Frankfurt among others, which led to a selection as
‘The 11th most important person in Frankfurt', published in an article “50 most important people in Frankfurt”, by monthly magazine ‘Journal of Frankfurt’, a list that included such personalities as the Deutsche Bank and Alte Oper presidents. One of her solo recitals in the Great Kolarac Hall, Belgrade, Serbia brought her an offer from Radio Television of Serbia for a CD production, subsequently a Sony Classical CD release of “Franz Liszt: Reflections” in 2011. This album and promotional tours have received rave reviews from critics and general public alike.
Ms Choi has been extremely successful in musical academia as well. Her enthusiastic, emphatic, passionate, flexible and encouraging pedagogic approach and caring personality have helped many students at all levels.
Right after graduating ‘Konzertexamen’ “Par Excellence” she was hired by Prof. Natochenny as his teaching assistant. During the 10 years of teaching the class, Ms Choi has gained the essential knowledge and experience in pedagogy and most importantly, partook in the dedication, sharing and helping students in needs. Ms Choi has been invited as a ‘guest professor’ to various master classes including’ Belgrade Music University’, ‘Hyundai Ondream Ensemble’, ‘Yewon Art School’, ‘Open Piano Forum’ in Korea, International master class series at Landes Musikhochschule Hessen( Germany) etc.
This new Eugene Choi's project – EONclassics "Extraordinary Online Network" – is destined to become a significant addition to the world of Music.