Maureen Choi | Berklee Valencia Campus

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Maureen Choi

Instructor

“I believe in a strong technical foundation in order to have command over the instrument because with that command comes the ease to take control and express oneself freely. I also like problem solving and always trying to come up with better and more efficient ways of practicing. Using these tools, I can tailor my methods to the individual student depending on how they learn.”

“For my students who come from a solid classical background, I help them utilize the skills that they already have and help them use the violin technique that they already know to ‘cross over’ to other genres. Through my own crossover from extensive classical training to jazz to the subgenre of Latin jazz, I can relate to many string players and give them the tools to play in many styles outside classical violin. For other students with a less technical foundation, I help them improve the quality of their sound, develop the bow arm, strengthen the left hand, and work on playing with excellent intonation.”

“I always try to implement the most direct, effective, and time-efficient way of getting things in your ears and fingers. I want my students to leave my class knowing how to practice so they can always continue to improve on their own, having a stronger ear, more confidence, and better preparation to face real-life situations like being in the recording studio, performing on stage, or teaching all kinds of students.”

Career Highlights

  • Studied at Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, and Berklee College of Music
  • Performed as a soloist for orchestras in Europe, Australia, South Korea, Canada, and the U.S.
  • Won international competitions in South Korea and the U.S. for both violin and piano
  • Recorded for TV and cinema, such as for A Night in Old Mexico, nominated for the Goya Awards
  • Recorded and performed with artists such as Rodney Whitaker, Johnny O’Neal, Josh Groban, Kanye West, and Larry Harlow, among many others
  • Leader of her band, the Maureen Choi Quartet, winner of the International Jazz Competition of Talavera performing her original compositions and arrangements
  • Published in Jazziz Magazine, the Jazz Corner, All About Jazz, and Jazz Week Top 50
  • Active performer in all the jazz clubs in Madrid, playing with her Latin jazz quartet and collaborating with other jazz, Cuban, and flamenco artists
  • 15 years of experience teaching violin, viola and piano