Clarinetist and educator Jiyeon Choi joined the University of Virginia’s music faculty as a Lecturer in Clarinet and as Principal Clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony in the Fall of 2019. She also holds the Principal Clarinet position with the Sinfonia da Camera in Illinois. She is an advocate for contemporary music as well as specializing in standard solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire. Her primary research explores the chamber music of Jörg Widmann, a renowned German clarinetist and composer. She is also a core member of Ensemble vim, an Atlanta-based contemporary music collective dedicated to promoting the music of underrepresented composers, especially those with strong ties to the southeastern United States.
Jiyeon Choi previously served on the faculty of Purdue University and the Illinois Summer Youth Music program. She has performed with the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Springfield Choral Society and Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. She received solo and chamber awards from various competitions, including the Krannert Debut Artist Competition, Misbin Chamber Competition, Plowman Chamber Competition and the American Prize. She has performed in prestigious venues such as the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, and Carnegie Hall, among others. She was a member of National Orchestral Institute 2016 with a scholarship and has been a resident artist at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine and Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal, Quebec. She can be heard on the Naxos recording American Series: Randall Thomson “Symphony No. 2” under James Ross.
Jiyeon received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music performance from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Ewha Womans University. Her principal teachers include J. David Harris, Kenneth Grant, Hyun Gon Kim and Jeongmin Song.