The "Sundays at 2" recital series at Hope College will feature award-winning pianist Winston Choi on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Choi will perform J.S. Bach's "The Art of Fugue." The work, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes to perform, was written at the end of Bach's lifetime and is described by series coordinator Adam Clark as a capstone of compositional perfection. The work will be presented in four parts, with commentary provided by Choi on its origins and attributes throughout.
"Rarely heard in its entirety, this monumental performance will be a true treat for music-loving audiences of West Michigan," said Clark, who is an assistant professor of music at Hope. "Mr. Choi's engaging personality, insightful commentary, and phenomenal performing ability will make this an unforgettable and inspiring afternoon not to be missed."
Winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Choi maintains an active international performing schedule. In demand as a concerto soloist, he has appeared with l'Orchestre National de Lille, l'Orchestre Symphonique d'Orléans, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and New York's Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot. Frequently in demand throughout his native Canada, he has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. His performances can often be heard on CBC radio broadcasts.
As a composer himself, Choi has also premiered and commissioned more than 100 works by young composers as well as established masters. He is also a core member of the new music ensemble, Brave New Works.
Choi began his studies in Toronto with James Tweedie and Vivienne Bailey. He obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees at Indiana University, receiving the Performer's Certificate studying with Menahem Pressler. Further studies were with Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, where he completed his Doctorate of Music. An accomplished teacher, he is also in demand as a master class clinician. Previously on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory, he is assistant professor and head of piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.