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Northwest Missouri State University


Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Oct. 18, 2017

Choi achieves top ranking at international piano competition

Dr. Jiwon Choi

Dr. Jiwon Choi

Dr. Jiwon Choi, a staff accompanist at Northwest Missouri State University, was selected recently as an alternate finalist in the professional division of the Seattle International Piano Competition.

The competition consists of a preliminary round, based on submitted recordings, and a live competition round. As an alternate finalist, Choi, who was one of 100 applicants in her division, was the top-ranking semifinalist and was invited to perform Sept. 30 at the inaugural event of the festival at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. She performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 ” and Frederic Chopin’s “Polonaise-Fantasie Op. 61.”

At Northwest, Choi collaborates with the University’s choirs, vocal and instrumental studios, student pianists, music faculty and guest artists.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Kansas, where she was a graduate assistant, and she was a faculty member at the University of Kansas Community Music School. She received her Master of Music in piano performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and her Bachelor of Music in piano performance at Dong-Ah University in South Korea. 

Her performances as a soloist and a collaborative pianist have spanned venues throughout the world. She was invited to perform world premiere compositions at the 2013 International Beethoven Festival in Chicago and joined Italian Operatic Experience as a coach in Urbania, Italy. In 2014, she won the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, making her debut at Carnegie Hall.


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