Clarinetist and educator Jiyeon Choi joined the University of Virginia Arts & Sciences 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, Illinois. She is an alto clarinet player for the Seoul Clarinet Ensemble, and a core member of the newly-founded ensemble VIM, a new music ensemble featuring southeastern artists with cross-disciplinary performances based in Atlanta, GA.
Choi 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 renowned German clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann.
Jiyeon Choi has previously served on the faculty at Purdue University and the Illinois Summer Youth Music program. She has performed with several orchestras including the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Springfield Choral Society and Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. She received solo and chamber awards from various competitions, including the Misbin Chamber Competition and the American Prize, and was a runner-up at the Krannert Debut Artist Competition. She has performed in such prestigious venues such as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Carnegie Hall, among others. She was a member of the National Orchestral Institute 2016 with a scholarship, and has been a resident artist at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal, QC and TIMF Academy Orchestra. She can be heard on the Naxos recording of American Series: Randall Thomson “Symphony No. 2” under James Ross.
Choi received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music performance from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Music degree from the 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.