Michelle Yoonah Choi

Michelle Yoonah Choi

Michelle embarked on her musical journey from the age of five years old. From a young age, she has volunteered to play piano for a senior center and is currently student president of a non-profit organization- Friends In Music- that performs there. Michelle also participated in numerous competitions hosted by MTNA, Chopin Avenue, Steinway & Sons, and SYMF. She won multiple awards through MTAC and was a winner for the American Protégé International Competition, thereby performing at Carnegie Hall. She passed as a winner of the branch level at the 2021 SCJBF Bach Festival and the American Classical Youth Musician Award. Michelle also received the Consul General Award for the 2021 Chopin Avenue Piano Competition, honorable mention for the 1st International Music Competition Malopolska 2021 in Poland, second place and Best Villa-Lobos Performance awards in the Excellence Piano Awards Competition, and silver awards for ProMusica International Competition and Opus Music Competition. She recently received two gold awards from Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition and both second and third prizes from the 2022 Baroque Music Competition and Spring Music Competition respectively (Charleston International Music Competition). Michelle also received first prize in the World Grand Prix International Music Contest and second prize in the Online International Vivaldi Music Competition 2022. Recently, she received second prize of the VCMA 2nd International Classical Music Competition (Spring), gold prize from the 3rd Universal Stars Music Competition, honorable mention from Piano Competition Online, and another gold prize Quebec International Music Competition (6th Edition). Michelle earned the certificate of merit of level 10 as the state honor in the previous year. Apart from her solo achievements, she has played the flute for six years and became flute section leader of the advanced band during her first year of junior high school. In her second year, she upheld the position and became drum major of her school’s marching band. For both years, she performed in the county’s honor band for students. She also participated in jazz band, symphonic band, and percussion ensemble as a mallet player.

You can find Michelle’s 2022 Baroque Music Competition piano performance here.

You can find Michelle’s 2022 Spring Music Competition piano performance here.

You can find Michelle’s 2022 19th Century Music Competition piano performance here.