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About Michelle

Michelle Choi was born in Texas in 1991 and moved in her early years to Korea, where she was raised. Her first meeting with her Cello was at the age of 10 and from the first moment that she saw the instrument, she knew it would be her life-long partner. Since that first meeting, she has won numerous awards in several prestigious music competitions throughout Korea. These competitions include: the Music Journal Competition, the Yejeon Music Competition, the National Music Competition, and the Korean National Student Cultural Music Contest by the Daejeon Catholic Cultural Center. She has also played as a soloist and a member of various orchestras while attended Daejeon Art High School and Kyung-Won (Gachon) University. After getting a Bachelor’s degree of Music from her university as a full scholarship recipient, she joined the Master of Music program in cello performance in the Catholic University of America (CUA) in 2014, where she was the recipient of a merit based full scholarship. While attending CUA, Michelle studied under Michael Mermagen, an Associate professor of UMKC Conservatory and a faculty member of Aspen Music Festival and School. Michelle has also studied under Amy Frost Baumgarten, a faculty member of CUA and the principal cellist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In addition to this, Michelle participated in the Aspen Music Festival as a merit based scholarship recipient in 2016. She has completed her Master of Music as of January 2018 and she is currently a freelance cellist and teacher throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

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