Chung Wan Choi: Composer / Sound Engineer / Taiko Player

To recognize and fill the missing connections, so that the chain of human collaboration is strengthened.

Whether writing music, sharing a composer’s perspective, or engaging others in creative activities, Chung-Wan Choi hopes that her momentary presence will leave the world a slightly better place. Composer, Taiko drummer, sound engineer, and bike commuter, Chung grew up in Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the midst of skyscrapers, Chung found herself seeking a more peaceful environment for composing music. A move to New York City to study at Mannes College of Music enforced a solid foundation on traditional musicianship, also plenty of refills on fresh brewed coffee to fuel creative work through the wee hours. Leaving behind the big-city flare, Carnegie Mellon University provided Chung not only a fine music school for developing her art, but also a vital community hungry for entrepreneurship and innovation. As a Master’s student, opportunities to work in concert productions, both as a musician and arts administrator, have been many. As an opera lover, Chung is currently working on a new collaboration: a 20-minute chamber opera, “Last Night in The Hague” to be premiered at the Pittsburgh Opera in Spring 2015.

Upcoming Events:

March 4, 2015
Premiere of Remark for Orchestra by Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic
8pm @ Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

April 10, 2015
Premiere of Chamber Opera Last Night of The Hague by CMU Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Pittsburgh Opera
7:30pm @ Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip, Pittsburgh, PA

Spring Recital
Premiere of new compositions, TBD

Recent work: String Quartet No.2 “By Gone” (2014) performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet


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