Ye-Eun Choi


Ye-Eun Choi

“She captured her audience with her special technical skills in combination with serenity and amazing maturity.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)


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.”

In 2018/2019, Ye-Eun Choi will perform with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Stéphane Denève, the Daegu Symphony Orchestra conducted by Massimo Zanetti, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Krzysztof Penderecki, with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Rory McDonald, with the Girona Orchestra and the Or-chestre de Chambre de Luxembourg. She will perform at Marcel Proust’s Musical Days in Cabourg and play re-citals in Bilbao, Galicia and Castlemaine (Australia), Germany, Poland and Russia. In March 2019, together with Anne-Sophie Mutter, she will play the world premiere of a commissioned work by the South Korean composer Unsuk Chin at the Carnegie Hall.

Highlights of the last season included concerts with the Orchestre National de France under Riccardo Muti in Paris, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the orchestra of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich under the baton of Mariss Jansons, with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra con-ducted by Jaap van Zweden and with the Osaka Philharmonic and Eiji Oue. She was re-invited by the Seoul Phil-harmonic Orchestra to participate in a concert during the National Liberation Day of Korea. In autumn she was a guest at the Concordia Festival in Kazan to perform the “Metamorphosis” violin concerto by K. Penderecki. Ye-Eun Choi toured throughout the season with Mutter’s Virtuosi.

Highlights of the last seasons include tours with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover, and Andrew Manze, to South Korea, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the Netherlands and Italy, and a tour with the Czech Philharmonic, and Jiří Bělohlávek with concerts in Luxemburg and Warsaw. Furthermore, she made her debut with the Bamberg Symphony under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, and performed with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, and Manfred Honeck, Munich Symphony Orchestra, and Kevin John Edusei, and with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Christoph Eschenbach. Ye-Eun Choi was also invited to perform at the anniversary concert of the Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau and gave recitals in Germany and North America.

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“The young South Korean, Ye-Eun Choi, is one of the world’s leading violinists who has performed with many renowned orchestras. The audience was thrilled by her interpretation of Krzysztof Pendericki’s highly philosophical and demanding Metamorphoses, also known as his 2nd Violin Concerto. Ye-Eun’s transparent, but at the same time carrying sound, became the jewel of the first half of the concert.”

Tatjana Mamaeva

Realnoe Vremya

“Ye-Eun Choi convinced the audience with her mature playing and exquisite tone in both sonatas and also later with the Tchaikovsky-encore. She presented herself with a very unique sound; a rich, warm timbre which is composed from a highly sensitive soundscape and a dynamic enthusiasm: a combination that is rarely heard. It is not surprisingly that her colourful, expressive playing and astounding lyrical virtuosity is been celebrated by the media internationally. Also the Lilienberg audience was thrilled by her performance

Stefan Bachofen

Lilienberg Unternehmerforum

“The young Korean violinist created with her pure, slender line an urgently yearning and a cutting pain, immediately in the beautiful entrance chant. Ye-Eun Choi played with glaze, without ever becoming corny. Bravely, the violinist mastered the musical fall cords of the highly virtuoso work, stretched the tension to tearing, and was propelled and driving in the dialogue with the orchestra. Her playing came out from deep inside. Even in the most furious moments, it retained its inner power and never fell into pure musical artistry.”

Eva-Maria Reuther

“[…] Just strings accompany with the engrossed canto, which Ye-Eun Choi intones on her dominant but sensually violin. After a few seconds her tone refines to tightness, abundance and unclouded brilliance. Then the music takes the audience away on waves of elegiac beauty.”

Michael Thumser

Fränkische Post

“…a lush, beautiful sound and impressive technical facility.”

Elizabeth Bloom

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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