“Choi is more than just at home with the linguistic ductus of this music. …[she is able to] subtly untangle Beethoven’s linear work, the deliberate confusion in elaboration of theme for the listener, fill them with life, let them become comprehensible.” -Piano News
“…with exuberance, full of feelings, spoken up to every detail, formulated concisely, sovereign and hesitant at the same time and without any attitude of a perfectionist… reminding us of the young Clara Haskil” -Frankfurter Rundschau
“lovely rich tone with some beautiful shading” -The Washington Post
One of the most sought-after pianists of her generation, South Korean pianist Hie-Yon Choi first appeared on the international piano music scene when she won prizes at high-profile competitions such as the Kapell, Epinal, Busoni and Viotti. Hie-Yon Choi has been performing ever since with prestigious orchestras in Europe, the US and Korea, such as das Rundfunkorchester Berlin, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), the Northern Sinfonia, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra, and she appears as a soloist in festivals and concert series.
A milestone of Hie-Yon’s performing career was the four-year long cycle of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. For this series she received the Arts Award of the year 2005 by the Korean Arts & Cultural Association. Ten years later she completed another Beethoven cycle with all piano trios, violin sonatas and works for cello and piano. Her second cycle of complete Beethoven piano sonatas has taken place in various venues in Korea, Germany and the US until 2018.
Hie-Yon‘s series of performances also include explorations of Brahms and his associates, as well as of French school. She has been collaborating with renowned musicians such as Truls Mørk, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Peter Stumph, Mark Kosower, Romain Guyot, Ulf Wallin, Mikyung Lee, Soovin Kim; she has also been awarded with the Nanpa Award and Arts Award of the Year in Korea.
Alongside the canon of the classical piano literature such as Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Debussy, music of the 20th & 21st centuries forms another important part of Hie-Yon’s career. A strong advocate of new music, she was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence of the Tong-Yeong International Music festival. She performed works of Olivier Messiaen, György Kurtag, Sofia Gubaidulina, York Höller, Unsuk Chin, Sukhi Kang and others with the Seoul Philharmonic and the Korea Chamber Orchestra. Hie-Yon has also directed series of contemporary music projects at SNU. During the Covid-Pandemic Hie-Yon directed, to great acclaim, the “TripleX”, an online global music exchange project of Seoul National University, Sibelius Academy Helsinki and University of Music Vienna (mdw).