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Brandon Jinwoo Choi is a South Korean classical saxophonist who has gained recognition as an international soloist. He has performed extensively across three continents, including the United States, France, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea.
As a soloist, Dr. Choi has been featured with numerous ensembles and orchestras, including the France Lyon Ensemble, the Romania Ploiesti State Philharmonic Orchestra, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in prestigious venues such as the Seoul Art Center and Lincoln Center in New York. In addition, Choi gave the world premiere of "Sull'ala" concerto for saxophone by Susan Botti with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Orchestra on March 13th, 2014.
Dr. Choi regularly attends regional and national conferences, as well as several of the world’s most prestigious fine arts institutes. These include the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial National Conference at the University of Cincinnati, the College Band Directors National Association at the North Carolina State University, the France International Saxophone Institute at Saint-Meur, Paris -Conservatory of Music, and the American Saxophone Academy at the Eastman School of Music. Choi has also given the world premiere of "Conversations" by Frank Proto at the 2015 International Saxophone Symposium at the Shenandoah University and the Patsy Cline Theater, both in Winchester, Virginia, and the French premiere at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.
Choi has won top prizes in many national and international competitions, including the Cincinnati Concerto Competition, the MTNA Solo Competition (2nd prize), the MTNA Chamber Competition (2nd prize), the American Cultural Foundation Competition (1st prize), the Hanjeon Artspool Center Competition (1st prize), the Korea Wind Chamber Music Competition (1st prize), the Music Association of Korea Competition (1st prize), the Music Education Newspaper Competition (1st prize), the Haneum National Music Competition (1st prize), and the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition (1st prize).
Dr. Choi has studied under renowned saxophonists and professors, including Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Nobuya Sugawa, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Vincent David, Christian Wirth, Philippe Portjou, Nicola Prost, John Sampen, Tom Myer, Otis Murphy, Chein-Kwan Lin, Timothy McAlister, Kenneth Tse, Carrie Koffman, Jeremy Long, Stephen Page, Amy Dickson, and Ensemble Squillante.
Dr. Choi holds a 4e Cycle Perfectionnement (Artist Diploma) from the Conservatoire de Lyon, France, where he studied with Jean-Denis Michat. He also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he previously earned his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance. Choi is currently a saxophone professor at several universities in South Korea, including Seoul National University, Han Yang University, Chung-Ang University, Sook Myung Women's University, Dong Duck Women's University, Suwon University, Sam Yuk University, and Baekseok Arts University.
Dr. Choi is also a member of the renowned 1987 Trio, alongside Nikita Zimin from Russia and Yo Matsushita from Japan.
In addition to his career as a performer and educator, Dr. Choi is a Yamaha Emerging Artist, a LefreQue Artist, and a D'Addario International Artist, a JLV Ligature Artist.
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