Ko Ni Choi
Korean-American harpist, Ko Ni Choi has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as an artists of the “ naturalistic, theatrical sense of flourish.” Choi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and has won numerous awards including, Concours Internationaux de la ville de Paris France, Nippon International Harp Competition, and Korean Chamber Orchestra Competition.
Choi has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including Banff Festival Orchestra, Hungarian Chamber Philharmonic and Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra. Choi has also performed as a member of San Diego Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Novus NY, and Fantasticks, the world's longest running musical in New York. Through these performances she had an opportunity to work very closely with renowned conductors and composers including Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christroph Eschenbach, Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, and John Adams. Choi has been invited to participate at various music festivals including the following: the Banff Summer Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound in Perry Sound and the Gyoto Music Festival.
Choi has studied at The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music (AD) and the University of Southern California. While at these institutions she had the privilege of studying with such artists as Judy Loman, Elizabeth Hainen, and JoAnn Turovsky. As a music ambassador of her generation, Choi has extraordinary passion for doing outreach and is dedicated about giving back to the community. Choi has been a co-director of the Gambare Fukushima, a fundraising concert series that began in 2011 as a result of the tragic 2011 earthquake and tsunami which devastated much of Japan's northern coast. Choi has been a scholarship coordinator of the Young Musicians Foundations in Los Angeles for many years and now she is a co-director/founder of the Los Angeles Youth Harp Ensemble and LYHE Solo Harp Competition. She continues with her passion for music as a soloist, a chamber musician, an orchestral performer, and a teacher. She is a currently a member of duoKYaria, flute and harp duo, and Duo gliss, two harps, both recent winners of the Beverly Hills National Competition, California. Currently, Choi resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two sons, and a dog.