Pianist Jessica Choe began her musical studies at the age of 3 in her native Korea where she was a prize winner in several national piano competitions including the Samick National Piano Competition, the Korea Daily Times Piano Competition and the Korean Department of Education Music Competition. After immigrating to the US at the age of nine, she performed throughout the continental United States in such halls as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lincoln Center and the Barns at Wolf Trap.
Jessica has won numerous awards in the US including the Beethoven Society of America Piano Competition, the Baldwin Competition, the Henbest Piano Competition, the Bartok-Kabelevsky International Piano Competition and the Steinway Society Piano Competition. She was a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition in 1996 and 1998. Jessica was also the recipient of the 2004 Presser Foundation Career Development Award.
In the 2003, Jessica made her European debut at Fondation Bemberg in Toulouse, France, and her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall, both under the auspices of La Gesse Foundation. Jessica has performed solo recitals in France, Italy, Switzerland, San Marino in such halls as Teatro Concordia, I Tatti, and Salle Frank Martin. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed with members of Kennedy Center Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Seattle Symphony.
Recently she has performed on the Chamber Music series of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Symphony’s Beyond the Score series, Vashon Chamber Series, Mostly Nordic Series, Music of Remembrance and Chamber Music San Juans. She has performed as a soloist with Whatcom Symphony, Washington Metropolitan Orchestra, Peabody Orchestra, Beethoven Society of America Orchestra amongst others.
As a performer of new music, she gave world premieres of works by Jake Heggie, Sean Osborne, David Rozenblatt, and Anthony DiLorenzo. She most recently gave a concert of contemporary American music with the violinist Philippe Quint at Benaroya Hall, which was received with critical acclaim.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Herbert Stessin, Benjamin Pasternack and Eleanor Sokoloff.