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. In 2011 Arnold and pianist Wonny Song gave a fourteen concert recital tour in Canada sponsored by Jeunesse Musicale. Most recently in November 2012 Arnold gave three performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Okanagan Symphony.
A versatile performer, Mr. Choi continues to remain active in all fields of classical music as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. In the summer of 2005 he acted as Principal Cellist of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra during their tour of Japan and Germany, and was principal cellist of the Banff festival Orchestra, and the Yale Philharmonia.
Mr. Choi is a founding member of the former Janaki String Trio (with violinist Serena McKinney, and violist Katie Kadarauch), which 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. The trio was hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “magnificently polished” and exhibiting “an irresistible electricity.” The Janaki Trio has also toured Australia, and has performed at the American Academy in Rome. The ensemble recorded two albums with Yarlung records and Naxos and both were received to great acclaim by the New York Times and the New Yorker.
In 2012, Mr. Choi and celebrated Canadian pianist Peter Longworth recorded 6 volumes of cello repertoire for Frederick Harris Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. These recordings will be used as pedagogical tools for young cellists nationwide.
Mr. Choi studied with John Kadz at the Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary 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, Arnold is pursuing a Doctor of Music degree with Colin Carr at Stony Brook University and is performing on the 1696 “Bonjour” Antonio Stradivari cello generously on loan to him from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
Biography updated August 2013