S O N G E U N C H O I
Songeun Choi (piano) was born in 1997 in Seoul, South Korea and began learning the piano at the age of four and started the violin at the age of six. She studied with Graham Caskie in 2006 and became a pupil at The Purcell School in September 2007 where she held a scholarship funded by the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme. She studied piano with Carole Presland until 2010, continuing with William Fong, who she currently studies under at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is supported by a scholarship.
Songeun has taken part in masterclasses and has attended summer courses including Cadenza, Chetham’s International Summer Music Course and the Dartington Music Festival working with Helen Krizos, John Thwaites, Philippe Cassard, Martino Tirimo, Christian Blackshaw, Dmitri Alexeev, Natalia Trull and Pascal Rogé. She was a prize-winner at the Berkshire Young Musician Competition in 2009 and also took part in the James Mottram International Piano Competition at the age of 12, where she also had a masterclass with Leslie Howard. Recently, she came 1st at the Open Concerto class at the Ealing Festival.
She has played in many concerts including Chopin concert at The Arts Club, London, Steinway Hall, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, a recital at Emmanuel URC in Cambridge, Klassische Klavier Kultur Festival in Weiz - Austria, Milton Court - Barbican, the Venue in Leeds, Wigmore Hall and King’s Place. Songeun has also been awarded 3rd prize at the 2015 EPTA Composers Competition.
In 2010 Songeun composed a fanfare, which was selected by a distinguished team of adjudicators as one of the winning entries in a competition run by London’s Royal Opera House. Songeun consequently attended special workshops with composer Duncan Chapman, conductor Antonio Pappano and members of the ROH orchestra and was able to hear her work being recorded by the orchestra. Songeun’s fanfare, along with those of other competition winners, was played throughout the following year just before ROH performances were begun.