The first prize and special prizes winner of the 3rd Krzysztof 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 and Festival she was awarded the prestigious "Landgrave of Hesse Prize" and "Leyda Ungerer Music Prize".

Hayoung Choi has performed with numerous orchestras such as Kremerata Baltica Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Barcelona Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Crakovia, Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra, Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic orchestra, Sungnam Philharmonic Orchestra and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra.

        Festival highlights include solo apperances at the 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.

     She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Kronberg Academy in Germany under the tutelage of Prof. Frans Helmerson. Later on she completed the professional studies programme in Kronberg, in class of Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In 2017 she became a faculty member at the Emanuel Feuermann Conservatory of Kronberg Academy.

        Hayoung Choi plays a cello by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Brescia c.1600, which is loaned to her from Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation in Korea. Her bow is generously on loan from the private collection of Dr. Peter Hauber, Berlin.