Victoria Choi is a Korean-American pianist based in Vienna, Austria.
On December 5th 2017, Victoria performed at the ORF Radiokulturhaus with Penelope Makeig in Vienna, Austria. Together, they participated in the Fidelio.Interpretation competition held at the Music and Arts Conservatory of Vienna, where Victoria studies piano accompaniment for the voice. As one of the six finalists, the duo created a program circling around the theme of "A Queen's Journey", sharing music from composers across the span of centuries.
Victoria is a native of southern California, and has been studying piano since the age of six. In California, she studied with Eunice Lee from 2006 to 2012. Her musical style focuses on classical piano accompaniment, in addition with chamber music within the classical genre. Her passion also lies with musical theater, in which she participated in several productions and scenes in the United States and Austria.
Victoria is a graduate from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. There, she studied music education for general music and expanded her repertoire in piano collaboration and opportunities abroad. Victoria was also active in the musical theater scene, playing in productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and The Secret Garden with Stages Bloomington Theatre Company. She assisted the rehearsals alongside Dr. Susan Swaney, the musical director/conductor, and staff member in the musical theater department at Indiana University, and played the full orchestration for the performances. In February 2018, she was a member of the Dream Opera company in Vienna, and had the chance to learn My Fair Lady and play the rehearsals leading up to the performances.
In the Fall of 2016, Victoria moved to Vienna to pursue further studies with Dr. Hague for a Graduate Degree in Piano Accompaniment at the Music and Arts Conservatory of Vienna. In Winter 2017, Victoria joined the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Weimar, Germany in their production of G. Rossini's La Cenerentola and had the opportunity to play the cembalo with the Thüringer Symphoniker in the performances.
In the Summer of 2017, Victoria traveled to Fiera di Primiero, Italy, as a piano répétiteur in conjunction with the Music Academy International opera program and accompanied the rehearsals for W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni with Maestro David J. Jackson and performed Die Zauberflöte with Maestro Neal Goren. Aside from the two Mozart operas, Victoria spent the summer working with coaches from the Royal Conservatory of Scotland and English National Opera, and played in five gala concerts across the Trentino area in northern Italy.
Aside from piano performance and collaboration, Victoria has been active in the field of music education since 2008. In California, she was Eunice Lee's student assistant in the piano studio, teaching younger students music theory, ear training, and taught piano lessons from 2008-2012. In Bloomington, Indiana, Victoria's last semester was spent teaching general music with Lisa Voss at Grandview Elementary School, focusing on general elementary music for grades kindergarten through sixth. From being Voss' student teacher for the semester, she helped produce and lead the spring musical performed by children in the kindergarten and first grade, along with the choir concert for the upper elementary grades.
Victoria currently holds a piano studio in Vienna, where she is a staff member of the International Music Academy and teaches students from all ages and various levels. Additionally, she is one of the pianists for Oper in der Krypta, in which she plays the orchestration of the operas with some of the finest singers in the city. The most recent opera was G. Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in June 2018. In the upcoming fall and winter of 2018, she will play La Traviata (G. Verdi).
Most recently in July 2018, Victoria was one of the pianists for International Vocal Artists Academy of Payerbach in Austria, where she assisted with lessons given by Vladimir Chernov, and played for masterclasses given by Paolo Baiocco.
And in August 2018, Victoria returned to Weimar once more to play their production of W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.