The first prize and special prizes winner of the 3rd Krzystof Penderecki International Cello Competition, young South Korean cellist Hayoung Choi was born in Bielefeld, Germany in 1998.
At the age of thirteen she won the first prize at the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Austria, where she became the youngest winner in its history. She also won the first prizes at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia and Justus Dotzauer International Cello Competition in Germany.
During the Kronberg Cello Masterclasses she was awarded the "Landgrave of Hesse Prize" and "Leyda Ungerer Music Prize".
As a soloist, Hayoung Choi has performed with numerous orchestras such as Kremerata Baltica Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Barcelona Chamber Orchestra, London Trinity Labans Conservatoire Orchestra, Sinfonietta Crakovia, Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra, Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic orchestra, Sungnam Philharmonic Orchestra and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hayoung Choi was invited to play at the prestigious music festivals such as City of London Festival in England, Amsterdam Cello Biennale in Netherlands, Kronberg Cello Festival in Germany, Prades Pablo Casals Festival in France, Beijing Supercello Festival in China and Artdialog Festival in Switzerland.
As a chamber musician, she has performed with musicians such as Sir András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Kim Kashkashian, Jörg Widmann and Mitsuko Uchida.
Hayoung Choi began her musical education at the pre-college of Korean National University of Arts and later on she studied at the Purcell School of Music in England. Between 2014-2017 she studied with Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy in Germany where she gained her Bachelor´s and Master´s degree.
Since 2017 she has been continuing her studies at the Kronberg Academy with Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In the same year, Hayoung Choi became a faculty member at the Emanuel Feuermann Conservatory of Kronberg Academy in Germany.
She plays a cello by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Brescia c.1600, which is generously loaned to her from Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation in Korea.