Kyu Choi - Baritone

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South Korean baritone, Kyu Choi, graduated from the National University of Arts in Korea before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied for his Masters, supported by the San Martino Scholarship in 2016.  He successfully completed his training for the Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy Opera, studying with Mark Wildman and Ingrid Surgenor, and is grateful for the support he received during his studies from Independent Opera, the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, the Stokes Bursary, the Henry Wood Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.

He has made numerous solo appearances, notably at the Wigmore Hall and the Seoul Art Centre Recital Hall.  In opera, he has performed several principal roles including the title role in Don Giovanni, Robert in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Le Podestat in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle with the RAO under Gareth Hancock, as well as Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus in Berlin.

He has won numerous awards: recent competition successes include 1st Prize wins at the N. Obukhova International Singing Competition in Russia (2018), the Pavarotti Prize (2019) and the Joaninha award (2019), 2nd Priz at the Clonter Opera Prize (2019), and the opera prize at the Mozart Singing Competition (2017).  He was also a finalist in the Wilhelm Stenhammer International Music Competition in Sweden (2018).

After a very successful year as a member of the National Opera Studio in 2019/20, Kyu Choi joins the Theater Basel Young Artist Programme in the 2020/21 season.  In Basel, he will sing Brother Rufin Saint Francois d’Assise, Marco Gianni Schicchi and Il Barone Duophol La Traviata.


Reviews of Kyu Choi to follow.