Violin Ye-Eun Choi


Violinist Ye-Eun Choi is defined by her dynamic sound, rich with vibrant timbre, sensitivity and nuance. Her colourful, expressive lyricism and virtuosity has earned her acclaim for her engagements as both a soloist and a chamber musician.

She was discovered and mentored by Anne-Sophie Mutter at age 16 in 2005. Ms Mutter has since said:

“She is a musician who looks to express herself in her own individual way; who has a distinguished, recognizable sound and commands an excellent, instinctive feel for the music. This is precisely what is naturally required from a soloist: someone who does not just perform a piece, but makes it her own. She ranks among the most talented of violinists.”

Highlights of the season 2016/17 include tours with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover, under Andrew Manze, to South Korea; the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Netherlands and Italy; and her debuts with the Bamberg Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach and Philharmonic Orchestra of Trier in Germany. Ms Choi will also perform at the Verbier Festival Anniversary Concert at Schloss Elmau and tour throughout the season with Mutter’s Virtuosi.

In 2015/16, Ms Choi performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 with l’Orchestre Philhar-monique de Monte Carlo under Manfred Honeck; Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61 with the Mu-nich Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin John Edusei; and toured with Anne-Sophie Mutter and other scholarship recipients of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation throughout North America, UK and Europe. She also gave recitals in Germany and North America.

Since making her New York Philharmonic debut under Alan Gilbert in 2009, Ms Choi has performed with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Fedoseyev, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB), Hamburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Or-chestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. She regularly works with cele-brated conductors including André Previn, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Charles Dutoit, Michael Francis, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Bashmet and Christian Vasquez. She has also appeared at the Kennedy Center in recital with Christoph Eschenbach as pianist.

A frequent performer on the festival stage, Ms Choi has appeared at premier events including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Moritzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Recontres Musicales d’Évian and La Folle Journée.

Munich-based Ye-Eun Choi was born in Seoul. She made her orchestral debut at age 10 with the Seoul Philhar-monic Orchestra. In 2004, she moved to Munich to study with Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

Amongst her many honours and awards, Ms Choi was named the 2007 “Rising Star” by the League of American Orchestras and “Young Artist” at the European Cultural Awards in 2013. She made her Deutsche Grammophon recording debut in 2013 with an album featuring works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Prokofiev. She has also been featured on German television’s Stars von Morgen (Stars of Tomorrow), which is presented by host Ro-lando Villazón.

Ms Choi plays a violin from J.B. Guadagnini, Parma c. 1765.