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Feb. 9, 2018

Choi wins first prize in international piano contest, invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

Dr. Jiwon Choi

Dr. Jiwon Choi

Dr. Jiwon Choi, a staff accompanist at Northwest Missouri State University, recently was selected as a first prize winner in the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition.

As a result of her selection, Choi was invited to perform March 14 at the Winner’s Recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. The Golden Classical competition is open to artists of all nationalities and ages in strings, piano, wind and vocal, and winners are selected by a jury review of recordings.  

Additionally, Choi was selected as a finalist in the professional solo piano performance division of The American Prize, a series of national competitions in the performing arts. The American Prize evaluates recorded performances and consists of preliminary, semifinal and final rounds. Choi performed “Polonaise-Fantasie” by Frédéric Chopin, “Sonata No. 8” by Sergei Prokofiev, and “Sonata Op.10 No. 3” by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

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. 

Choi consistently garners high marks in international competitions, and her performances as a soloist and a collaborative pianist have spanned venues throughout the world.


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