Role(s) in this year's festival:
Répétiteur/Pianist: The Arctic Flute
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
I am preparing for this year’s NUOVA’s program as the répétiteur/pianist for “The Arctic Flute” by studying the piano/vocal score as well as the orchestral score, researching the story and listening to many interpretations. I am looking forward to surrounding myself with the energy and talent of the students and faculty members at NUOVA and ecstatic about spending 6 weeks in the beautiful city of Edmonton<.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Julie Choi relocated to Canada in 2006. Julie recently graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Composition with distinction in the spring of 2017 and studied with the great Georgian pianist Marina Mdivani. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano Performance at McGill and is very grateful to study with Michael McMahon, one of her greatest mentors.
Julie has worked as the Music Director for “Une demoiselle en loterie” - Offenbach (Opera McGill Horizons Project), Music Director and Conductor for “Savitri” - Holst (Schulich School of Music), répétiteur for “Candide” (Opera McGill) and Assistant Music Director for an adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” (Akiva School). A huge lover of the vocal repertoire as well as choral music, Julie participated as the alto section leader in the National Youth Choir of Canada for the celebration of Canada 150th’s tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Julie has been fortunate to receive numerous scholarships from McGill University throughout her studies in Montréal and has worked in masterclasses with renowned pianists and pedagogues such as John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Kyoko Hashimoto, Denise Lupien and Eitan Globerson, to name a few. Opera NUOVA will be her first opera intensive festival and she is thrilled to embark on this 6-week-long journey surrounded by so much music and talent.