1st Prize Composition 2017
Composer/Conductor Jaehyuck Choi was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated BM in composition at The Juilliard School and is returning to Juilliard for MM in composition. Choi’s music is actively performed and commissioned in the United States, South Korea, and Germany. They include his new work (2017) for Sacher Trio, (Nocturne II for solo Violoncello (2016) for Christine Lee, Self-Portrait V for String Quartet (2015) for Yieum ensemble, Self-Portrait IV for small ensemble (2015) for ensemble CRUSH and Opening 15 Festival fuer Aktuelle Klangkunst in Trier, Memorandum on a line No. 2 for a cappella (2015) for the New York Virtuoso Singers, and Violin Concerto (2014) for Gwacheon Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, one of his Still Life Series, Still Life II for small ensemble (2016) was commissioned by SCI and ASCAP. Choi has attended numerous summer festivals and master classes such as Austrian Grafenegg Festival’s Ink Still Wet course with Matthias Pintscher, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s master class Series Ars Nova with Pacal Dusapin, Péter Eötvös, Tristan Murail, York Höller, and Unsuk Chin, Mozarteum Sommer Akademie with José Manuel López López, Yellow Barn Young Artist’s Program, and Tanglewood BUTI with Martin Amlin.
Choi appears on the podium of various concerts and master classes as a conductor. They include The Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra’s master class with Si-Yeon Sung (2016), International Berlin Master class with the Berliner Sinfonietta with Colin Metters in Berlin (2016), and Royaumont Foundation's Cours de Chef with Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Péter Eötvös, and Ensemble Linea in Abbey de Royaumont (2013). Also, Choi received a diploma from IRCAM Manifeste's Ensemble conducting program with Maestro Péter Eötvös, Ensemble InterContemporain and Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble, in Paris (2014).
Choi has won prizes such as SCI Award (2015), SCI/ASCAP Award (2015), Morton Gould Award (2015/2013), MTNA Composition Competition, National YoungArts Foundation (2013), Pikes Peak International Young Composers Competition (2013), Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival (2013), TIMF call for score (2012), etc. Choi’s Violin Concerto has been released on CD as well as online by Ablaze Records. Neu Records has released his Self-Portrait (2012~2015) series online. SAMAN SAMADIS’ Records also released the Piano Etudes no.1 and no. 2. Choi makes his home in Seoul and New York.