Christy Choi
Tenafly, NJ

Christy Choi, 18, was born in São Paulo, Brazil and began cello at the age of 6. As a soloist, she has played with many orchestras such as the Piracicaba State Orchestra, the São Paulo State Experimental Orchestra, the Institute Fukuda Orchestra and the São Paulo State University Orchestra. She has performed in some of the biggest halls, including Sala São Paulo, Teatro Municipal, Teatro Engenho de Piracicaba, Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at The Juilliard School. She received numerous awards in competitions, such as the Paulo Bosísio International String Competition in Brazil, Lyra Music Competition, Manhattan and NY International Competition, International Grande Music Competition, and the Suburban Music Study Club Scholarship Competition, where she gave a recital in Spring Lake, NJ as the 2019 winner. She also won the Camarata Artists International Competition in 2019 and performed with the CNJ Orchestra in the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. She was named a 2020 YoungArts Foundation winner and a 2021 recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. She has served as principal cellist in the Juilliard Pre College Symphony, Juilliard Pre College Orchestra, the AMIS European Orchestra in Amsterdam, and the New York Classical Youth Ensemble. In the summer, she has attended the Perlman Music Program, Meadowmount School of Music, The Heifetz International Music Institute and the Festival Internacional de Música Erudita de Piracicaba. She currently studies in the Juilliard Pre College division with Clara Minhye Kim.