Jennifer Choi Biography
Violinist Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of improvisation. One of the most sought-after violinists by prominent composers of today, she has been hailed multiple times by The New York Times as an "excellent violinist," "soulful, compelling," and by Time Out New York as "passionate," and "adventurous." Since giving her recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall in 2000, Jennifer has performed regularly in venues far and wide, including the Stone NYC, Roulette, WQXR's Cafe Concerts, LPR, the Library of Congress in Washington D. C., RAI National Radio in Rome, and Cite de la Musique in Paris. As a soloist, she has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Ensemble 212, and SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City). And as an award-winning chamber musician, she has played for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums, MOMA, Ravinia, and numerous chamber festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia as a guest artist and in pioneering ensembles such as ETHEL, the Sirius Quartet, Mivos Quartet, and Either Or.
Bringing her classical background to the world of experimental jazz, creative improv, and the avant-garde, she has fearlessly performed, premiered, and recorded solo and chamber works by 'downtown music' giants John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, Annie Gosfield, Ches Smith, Yuka Honda, and numerous others. Highlights include Laurie Anderson's "Habeas Corpus," Wadada Leo Smith's violin concerto, "Afrikana 2," Lou Harrison's Concerto for Violin and Percussion, and the upcoming premiere of John Zorn's solo "Partita."
Finding an ever-growing community of like-minded musicians, she frequently collaborates with international composer-performers like the pianist Kathleen Supove, guitarists James Moore, Les Freres Meduses (Randall Avers and Benoit Albert); and has worked with cellists Fred Sherry, Yves Dharm, pianists Stephen Drury, Vicky Chow, Stephen Gosling, and composers George Lewis, Neil Rolnick, Alexandra Gardner, Randall Woolf, Richard Carrick, and Jessica Meyers at series' like Columbia University's Miller Theater, the Tribeca New Music Festival, AACM, and the Progressive Chamber Music Festival.
Jennifer's wide-ranging interpretive skills have led her to programs featuring both classical and contemporary repertoire. Future performances include Arizona's Ravencroft Chamber Gala, Austin Classical Guitar, and Santa Cruz's Music in May concert series, focusing on composers spanning the centuries from Schumann and Dvorak to Samual Coleridge-Taylor and Susie Ibarra.
As comfortable in the classroom as on stage, Jennifer's love of sharing her craft has brought her to over 1000 inner city school kids through educational programs directed by the New York Philharmonic, Juilliard Global, and 92NY. She has also performed on TedX and given residencies and master classes at The New School, Oberlin Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, and Tulane University. She can be heard on over a dozen albums on TZADIK, New Focus Records, Starkland, and on a diverse range of recordings with bands like The Wood Brothers, The Clogs, and the Golden Globe-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle. Jennifer plays violins by Lorenzo Storioni, and Jeff Phillips, and on the 1718 'Firebird' Stradivarius generously bestowed by Finrebel.