Critically acclaimed by The Baltimore Sun as “a musician of the most propulsive of lines in deftly synchronized fashion,” JeeYoung Rachel Choe is currently the principal flute of the Washington Chamber Orchestra and was a former principal flute of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. She was the special presentation winner of the Artists International
New York and a first prize winner of the Korea Flutist Association, Chunchu Music, Ewha Concerto, Chosun News-paper, and Seoul Youth Chamber Competitions, and a finalist of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra Concerto Award. Choe has appeared as a soloist with Washington Chamber Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Ewha Symphony and Ewha String Ensemble. She was selected as one of two flutists for Carnegie Hall’s professional workshop of David Robertson and performed at its Zankel Hall. Choe has performed in prestigious concert halls including Sidney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She has participated in the Norfolk, Orford, Bowdoin, and Aspen Music Festivals, and the Zurich International Master Class. Après un rêve, the first solo album with her endless exploration and musical experiments was released in 2014. As much as she performs in celebrated venues and festivals, she reaches out from suburban areas in Maryland to a small tent at the Syrian refuge camps in the Middle East. She also provides her best flute classes without any prejudice to the world-class flute major students at Peabody Conservatory as well as very beginner students in west Baltimore through Orchkids Program of Baltimore Symphony.
She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in flute performance under the tutelage of Marina Piccinini at Peabody, where she also received both a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma with prizes of excellence in flute performance. Choe holds a Bachelors of Music from Ewha Women’s University in Korea, summa cum laude. She is a flute faculty member at the Peabody Institute and Orchkids of Baltimore Symphony.