Seohee Choi


Cellist Seohee Choi of South Korea started playing cello at the age of 5. While as an undergraduate at Ewha WomansUniversity in Seoul, Seohee was invited to visit Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she studied with renowned cellist János Starker. After graduating from Ewha WomansUniversity with a Bachelor’s degree, Seohee moved to the U.S. and earned her Master’s degree in 2014 and completed the Professional Studies program in 2016 at Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard Weiss. In 2016, Seohee began a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto with Shauna Rolston as a recipient of Yo-Yo Ma Fellowship for Strings. In her 2nd year of doctoral studies, she completed DocMus Exchange Student Program with Cello Performance at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki under the tutelage of Raimo Sariola.

During her time at school, Seohee has taken part in various masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Aldo Parisot, Jens Peter Maintz, Maria Kliegel, Marko Ylönen, Peter Salaff, Cavani String Quartet, New Orford String Quartet and Meta4 Quartet as well as participated international music festivals in France, Czech Republic, United States, Canada and South Korea.

As an avid chamber musician and also an orchestral musician, Seohee is a founding artistic director of  Ensemble FourSeasons, a Seoul-based chamber music ensemble, and has performed in many recitals including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, Helsinki Music Centre, Seoul Arts Center and Kumho Art Hall, along with numerous orchestral settings including Canton Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Sinfonietta and Korean National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jorma Panula, Jan Söderblom, Johannes Meissl, Yoel Levi and Joel Smirnoff.  

Seohee is equally a passionate instructor and has been teaching a diverse group of students worldwide. Currently, Seohee holds a private cello studio at her home in Seoul, in addition to teaching at many educational institutions in South Korea including her alma mater, namely, the Music Research Institute, EwhaWomans University. 

Seohee plays on a cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume made in 1864 since 2003.