Korean Canadian Violist and Violinist, Samuel Choi is an active chamber musician, teacher and a soloist in the Toronto music scene. Samuel was First Prize winner of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition and one of the youngest First Prize winners of the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award Competition. He also won the Grand Prize of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and 2nd Place of the PRISMA International Festival Concerto Competition. As a concerto soloist, Samuel performed with PRISMA International Festival Orchestra and A.Y. Jackson Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.
Samuel has participated in numerous world-renowned festivals on full scholarships such as the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival in Dresden, Germany, Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum in Bamberg, Germany, Stanford University St Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar and Bowdoin International Festival to name a few.
Samuel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto and is an Artist Diploma candidate at the Glenn Gould School of Music under Steven Dann. A strong believer in music education and outreach, Samuel coaches chamber music at the Senior Division of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music and have served as teaching assistant to Jonathan Crow and Etsuko Kimura.
Samuel is very grateful and excited for future engagements. Aside from all the chamber music and orchestra engagements, Samuel is looking forward to performing the Walton Viola Concerto with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 alongside the renowned Violist, Steven Dann with the Chinese Arts Society of Toronto Orchestra. Next Summer, he will be making his German debut as a concerto soloist where he will be giving three performances of the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum Orchestra in Schloss Weisentein, Germany.
Samuel is very grateful and honored to have performed in front of many great and inspiring figures. Among them were Dalai Lama, Prime Minster of Canada, Justin Truedeau and the members of the historic Schonborn Family to name a few.