JURY MEMBER – POZZOLI 2021
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. Hie-Yon Choi 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 Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra and 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. She then completed her second cycle of all Beethoven piano sonatas in 2018 which took place in various venues in Korea, Germany and the US. Other series of her performances include ones that explored Brahms and French music. She has been collaborating with renowned musicians such as Truls Mørk, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Peter Stumph, Romain Guyot, Stephan Dohr, Ulf Wallin, Mikyung Lee, Soovin Kim.
Hie-Yon was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence of Tong-Yeong International Music festival. Her Discography includes Beethoven Sonatas (Decca Korea), Debussy Etudes (UMG), Chopin Etudes (Aulos), Liszt Paganini Etudes (Parke Davis).
Graduate of Hochschule der Künste Berlin (Prof. Klaus Hellwig, Prof. Hans Leygraf) and Indiana University (Prof. György Sebök) Hie-Yon joined the piano faculty at the Seoul National University in 1999. Since then, she has been giving numerous master classes and courses internationally and also serves as a jury member at international competitions such as Epinal, Orléans, Maj Lind.