Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists. Choi has performed in recital and with orchestra across North America and Europe, and tours regularly with violinist Minghuan Xu as Duo Diorama. While at home with standards of the piano literature, he is a champion of works by living composers, and has collaborated with artists including Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, George Flynn, William Karlins, Sven-David Sandstrom, Bright Sheng, Christian Wolff and John Zorn. Choi gave the North American premiere of Boulez’s 2001 version of Incises and the South American premiere of Berio’s 2001 Sonata for Piano. His CD debut of the complete piano works of Elliott Carter received a rave review from BBC Music Magazine, and the first volume of his Jacques Lenot recordings was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros. In 2006 he will release a disc of music inspired by the French greats of the impressionist era for Canada’s Arktos label. In recent seasons, Choi has appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., throughout Germany, and at festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Canada’s Festival of the Sound, France’s prestigious Agora and Messiaen Festivals, and Rockport Maine’s Bay Chamber Concerts Summer Music Festival. As collaborator, he has toured throughout the eastern United States with Duo Diorama, was in residence at Tufts University with contemporary music ensemble “Brave New Works,” and has performed with violinist Malcolm Lowe, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and clarinetist James Campbell, with whom he is becoming a regular collaborator. In 2005 he performed Ligeti’s challenging piano concerto with the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble in Chicago, and with orchestra in Kitchener-Waterloo and Calgary. He makes his CBC Radio Orchestra debut in 2006, as well as his Weill Recital Hall debut with Duo Diorama.
Winston Choi began piano studies in Toronto with Vivienne Bailey and James Tweedie. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Indiana University, studying with Menahem Pressler. At present he is a doctoral student with Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, where he also received his Certificate in Performance.