Jisue Choi, a fifteen-year-old girl, is a tenth-grade student at University High School. She has been studying the piano since she was five years old with her father, Dr. Kyungsun Choi. She has also been playing the violin since the age of six. Her violin teachers include Dr. Laura Tagawa, Mr. Rollin Medcalf, and Stella Kim.
Jisue performed Piano Concerto No. 5 by C. Saint-Saëns with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson in 2018 when she was 13 years old and she also performed another Saint-Saëns piano concerto, “Africa fantasy,” with Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra in 2019. She won many local competitions including Civic Orchestra of Tucson’s Young Artists’ Concerto Competition (First place 2020), Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra Scholarship Competition (Gold Medal 2020), Tucson Music Teachers Association Merit Scholarship Auditions (First Place 2019), Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition (Third place 2017), and so on.
As a pianist, Jisue has performed at numerous venues: TMTA KUDOS Recitals, TMTA Command Performances, TMTA Barnes and Noble Recitals, and TMTA Ensemble Concerts. She attended the Arizona Piano Institute Summer Festival in 2016 and 2017, where she studied with Prof. Elizabeth Pridonoff, an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Jisue also joined Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra (TPYO) in 2017 and enjoys large ensemble performances as a violinist. She participated in workshops with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony orchestra and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 Jisue performed Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra as one of chosen TPYO performers in the TPYO-TSO side by side performance.
Jisue loves reading books, watching movies, and listening to both Classical music and Pop music. She earned her Taekwondo Black belt when she was ten years old and she enjoys other sports. She hopes to double major in biochemistry and music, preparing to be a psychiatrist and professional musician in the future.
She will perform movement 3 of Edward MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Pops concert in Green Valley on Saturday, May 2, 2020.