Arnold Choi has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A prizewinner at Korea’s Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Music Competition, Mr. Choi has also won First prize at the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, among others. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Choi received the grand prize at the International Stepping Stone competition in Quebec City, and in 2012, received second place at the Carlos Prieto International cello competition in Morelia, Mexico.
Mr. Choi has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras around the world including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, the Okanagan Symphony, Calgary Civic Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico. Since then, he has given recital tours throughout North America as a soloist and chamber musician.
As a former member of the Janaki String Trio, Choi received the Grand Prize at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2006. The trio has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States playing in major chamber music venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Centre and the Kennedy Centre. They also toured Australia with celebrated Australian pianist Kathy Selby and played at the American Academy in Rome.
Choi’s discography includes two chamber albums with Naxos and Yarlung Records, and most recently 6 volumes of cello repertoire with pianist Peter Longworth for Frederick Harris Music. These recordings are used as pedagogical tools for young beginner to advanced cellists nationwide.
Mr. Choi studied with John Kadz at the Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary for twelve years before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with Ronald Leonard in 2009. He also has his Masters of music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale school of Music studying with Aldo Parisot. Currently, Choi is pursuing his Doctorate of Music degree at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Colin Carr.