Jasmine Choi, Flute

Changyong Shin, Piano

Sunday, November 19, 2023

3 pm

Westwood First Presbyterian Church

3011 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Jasmine Choi is one of the most celebrated flutists of our time, known for her virtuosity and refined interpretation as well as her adventurous projects. A former principal flute of the Vienna Symphony and associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony, Ms. Choi has performed internationally as a soloist and recitalistin a variety of genres. Her infinite curiosity has led her to make and publish her own arrangements of major works, including the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, and to perform new works by living composers. She has premiered more than 10 flute concertos written for her.

Ms. Choi has recorded several solo CDs under the Sony Classical label, including Mozart Flute Concertos; Claude Bolling Jazz Suite; Mozart Flute Quartets; Works of Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke and her arrangements of Paganini’s Caprice No.24, Clarke’s Great Train Race and Reichert’s Encore Solo.

In 2021, she published a bestseller flute method book for beginners (Seoul Music Publishing). She also writes articles for Flute Talk Magazine in the U.S. and the Auditorium Magazine in Korea. Between concerts, Ms. Choi enjoys teaching and guiding young students in master classes. She has filmed Henle Verlag’s Masterclasses series for flute in Germany and also serves on the flute faculty of the Sarasota Music Festival in the U.S.

Ms.Choi became the last pupil of the legendary Julius Baker when she was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music at age 16. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School with Jeffrey Khaner, and later had private studies with Thomas Robertello and Robert Stallman. Her performance was featured during the 2018 Winter Olympics celebrations in PyeongChang, Korea, and she is the Cultural Ambassador of her hometown Daejeon, Korea.

“Anyone who hears Jasmine Choi’s performance will encounter a totally new level of flute playing.”

— Nikkei Daily Newspaper, Japan

"Jasmine Choi captivates the listener from start to finish...

Choi displays a wide range of emotion within a palette of just-right color. Her vibrato is subtle and her sense of timing spontaneous."

— WRTI, Philadelphia, USA

"One of the 10 best flutists in the history of music"

— Sinfini Music, UK

Changyong Shin, Piano

Passionate, inspired performances and brilliant technique are the hallmark of pianist Changyong Shin, First Prize Winner of the Gina Bachauer International Artist Competition, Seoul International Music Competition, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

He has given numerous solo performances throughout Asia, North America and Europe, including recitals at Carnegie Weill Hall, WQXR-FM’s Midday Masterpieces Series, Steinway Hall Artist Series, Newport Music Festival, Italy’s Barletta Piano Festival, Klavier- Festival Ruhr (Ruhr Piano Festival) in Essen, Germany, Kumho Cultural Foundation’s Artist series and Rising Star series at Kumho Art Hall, Paris’s Salle Cortot Hall, Lotte Concert Hall in Korea, Concert Hall at Seoul Art Center, IBK Chamber Hall in Korea, Evelyn Miller Young Pianists Series, Green Lake Festival of Music, Rose Wagner Center in Utah, Salt Lake City, Coastal Carolina University Guest Artist Series.

ShangYong Shin, piano

He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including Utah Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra, Gwacheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and among others.

Mr. Shin is also a recording artist, where his debut CD was listed as one of the “Best New Recordings of 2018” by WQXR. His second album of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt which was released on Steinway & Sons Label, received rave reviews from ClassicToday. His latest album <Gaspard de la Nuit> was released on Stomp Music label in Korea, received high praise from Classical Music Journal “Pizzicato”.

An accomplished chamber musician, Mr. Shin has given chamber music recitals across the United States and in Seoul, Korea and Paris, France. Performances of note include a recital at the invitation of Kumho Art Hall, and a special performance of a new work by Korean composer Young-jo Lee at the Recital Hall in Seoul Art Center as a member of Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts. He has appeared in recital in such renowned venues as Seoul Art Center, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Daegu Concert House, Sejong Art Center, Louvre Museum, New York City’s The Greene Space, Philadelphia’s Holy Trinity Church, and Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center in California among others.

A native of South Korea, Changyong Shin received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Robert McDonald. Mr. Shin also earned his Master of Music and Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School as a full-scholarship candidate and studied with Robert McDonald.


Morceau de Concours..................................Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)

Serenade................................................................Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Four Souvenirs....................................................Paul Schoenfield (1947 - )


Sonata Op. 94 in D Major............................Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)


Nocturne in C# Minor ..................................Frédéric François Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Zeguenerweisen (Gypsy Aires) ..............Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908)


Photography by Gayna Bassin

Judy Martin, Administrative Director of Matinée Musicale

Judy Martin, Administrative Director of Matinée Musicale Cincinnati, welcomed everyone to the recital at Westwood First Presbyterian Church.

Judy asked all the students in the audience to stand.

Judy asked all the music students in the audience to stand.

Jasmine Choi, flute & Changyong Shin, piano

Jasmine Choi, flute, & Changyong Shin, piano

Jasmine Choi, flute & Changyong Shin, piano

Jasmine Choi, flute, & Changyong Shin, piano

Jasmine Choi, flute & Changyong Shin, piano

Jasmine Choi, flute, & Changyong Shin, piano

Jasmine Choi, flute & Changyong Shin, piano

Jasmine Choi, flute, & Changyong Shin, piano

A standing ovation and 2 encores!

A standing ovation and 2 encores!

Post concert reception

Post concert reception

Girls gave flowers to Jasmine at the reception after the concert

Girls gave flowers to Jasmine at the reception after the concert

Jasmine & her fans

Jasmine & her fans

Changyong Shin & Friends

Changyong Shin & friends

The receiving line at the reception

Jasmine Choi and the students from UC-CCM

Jasmine Choi and students from University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

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