Dr. Minju Choi



Department

Music

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Music
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Details

Education

  • DMA, Stony Brook University, Piano Performance
  • Additional Studies ‘Soloklasse,’ Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien Hannover, Piano Performance
  • Classe de Perfectionnement, École Normale de Musique de Paris, Piano Performance
  • MM, The Juilliard School, Piano Performance
  • BM, The Juilliard School, Piano Performance

Teaching

  • MUS 151-751 Piano
  • MUS 138 Piano Class II
  • MUS 237 Piano Class III
  • MUS 538 Piano Pedagogy: Survey of Pedagogical Methods
  • MUS 658 Piano Pedagogy: Survey of Pedagogical Methods
  • MUS 738 Survey of Pre-College Repertoire

Research and professional interests

Recently hailed as “positively mesmerizing at the piano” by The Times-Tribune, Korean-American pianist Minju Choi has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony and Shreveport Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Music Academy of the West and Juilliard Orchestras.

Choi has been presented in recitals in cities in the U.S. and abroad, including Paris, New York City, Philadelphia, and Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago. She has performed solo concerts in prestigious venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Studio 54, Cosmopolitan Club of NYC, Salle Franck in Paris, and Steinway Hall. She has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician in live and recorded performances on radio stations around the country including WQXR New York Radio, WFMT Chicago Radio, WQSC Santa Barbara, KDAQ Shreveport, and WICR Indianapolis. Choi was a featured artist at the Vancouver Recital Society’s Chamber Music Festival, in which her performances were broadcast on the CBC Canada Radio.

A strong enthusiast of contemporary music, Choi is recognized for her championship of music by American composers. In 2015, American composer Ching-chu Hu wrote and dedicated the Pulse to Choi, which was world premiered in the same year. Her performances of contemporary works have included David Diamond’s Piano Concerto with Gerard Schwarz in celebration of the composer’s 85th birthday at Lincoln Center, U.S. premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Two Nocturnes,” and Philip Lasser’s piano sonata "Les Hiboux blancs" at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, which resulted in the premier of the sonata performed by Choi as the centerpiece of a modern dance work presented at Lincoln Center and at the French Institute in New York City. She has also collaborated with composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, and Joel Hoffman.

Awards and honors

Choi has been awarded prizes in several competitions including first prize in the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition, the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition. She was also a top prize winner in the ARTS competition sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She pursued additional studies with Jean-Claude Pennetier at École Normale de Musique de Paris and with Bernd Goetzke at Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien Hannover in Germany. Choi completed her doctoral studies at Stony Brook University in New York with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.