Orchestra member introduction

Solo concertmaster

Munsu Choi

Munsu Choi


Born in Tokyo. Studied under Isao Shinozaki, Ryosaku Kubota, and Toshiya Eto.
After completing the diploma course at Toho Gakuen University, in 1988 he received a Soviet government scholarship to study at the Moscow Conservatory. Studied under Valery Klimov and Sergei Gilshenko. In 1994, he graduated at Chief his class at the same conservatory and went on to graduate school there, returning to Japan in 1997.
In the same year, he was recognized by Seiji Ozawa and appointed concertmaster of New Japan Philharmonic. Since 2000, he has served as the orchestra's solo concertmaster. Since 2009, he has been appointed Chief guest concertmaster of the Osaka Philharmonic. Since 2019, he has served as the orchestra's solo concertmaster. He is currently extremely busy as the solo concertmaster of both orchestras.
He has earned the trust of conductors, and has frequently performed as a soloist with Seiji Ozawa, Christian Arming, Daniel Harding, Kazuhiro Koizumi, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Michiyoshi Inoue, the late Leon Fleisher, and the late Gerhard Bosse. He is the only inheritor of the traditional Russian violin method in Japan, and was praised by Rostropovich as ``a wonderful violinist and artist.''
In December 2014, he held a duo recital with New Japan Philharmonic Music Director Toshiyuki Kamioka, which was well received. In 2016, won the 17th Hotel Okura Music Award. Visiting professor at Musashino College of Music. The instrument used is a Nicola Amati (Grand Amati) made in 1661.



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