with exuberancy, full of feelings, spoken upto every detail, formulated consicely, souvereign 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
possessed a temper of fire – La Liberte de L’Est
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 Kapell, Epinal, Busoni and Viotti. She has been since performing with prestigious orchestras of Europe, US and Korea such as das Rundfunkorchester Berlin, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), the Northern Sinfonia, the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
A milestone of Hie-Yon Choi’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 all Beethoven piano sonatas is taking place in various venues in Korea, Germany and the US until 2018. Her other chamber music projects include one that explored Brahms and his associates. She collaborates with renowned musicians such as Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Peter Stumph, Sung-Won Yang, Wen-Sinn Yang, Ulf Wallin, Mikyung Lee, Soovin Kim.
Alongside the canon of the classical piano literature such as Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Debussy, Music of 20th & 21st century forms another important part of Hie-Yon Choi’s career. A strong advocate of the new music, she was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence of Tong-Yeong International Music Festival. She performed works of Olivier Messiaen, György Kurtag, Sofia Gubaidulina, York Höller, Unsuk Chin, Suhki Kang a. o. with the Seoul Philharmonic and the Korean Chamber Orchestra. Hie-Yon Choi is a founding member of Ensemble 2021 and has been on the comittee of the Studio 2021.
In 1999 Hie-Yon Choi joined the piano faculty at the Seoul National University as the youngest professor in its history. She has been giving numerous master classes abroad; at the Guildhall School in London, the Hochschule Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Vienna Music Seminar, White Nights in St. Petersburg, Amalfi Coast, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music summer program in Prague, in Karlsruhe, Düsseldorf, Cicinnati and Michigan. She also serves as a jury member at international competitions such as Orléans and Epinal.