Spanish-South Korean violinist Judith Choi-Castro enjoys a versatile career performing internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player. She also collaborates in making recordings, and is the artistic director of the Festival y Academia de Música Internacional in Tenerife.
Judith was born in the Canary Islands, Spain and at the age of 17 moved to London where she graduated with a BMus (Hons) degree and a Masters degree from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She also studied in Manhattan School of Music in New York. Her Professors include Maurice Hasson, Mayumi Fujikawa, and Stephanie Gonley.
During her studies she won Hatfield Music Festival 1st prize, J.E Motimer award from Martin Musical Scholarship Foundation, award from Rondo Music society, New York, a violin by Lavazza from Italy c.1740 was kindly on loan by the Harrison Frank Foundation and played in international competitions where she came finalist at the Llanes International Competition, Móstoles Violin Competition in Madrid and “Concurso de Intercentros de España”.
Highlighted concerts and touring include: the Stockhausen Donnerstag aus Licht with the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall in London (2019); Beethoven Cycle symphonies at the Barbican in London conducted by Thomas Adès (2019); BBC Proms concerts with Britten Sinfonia, Chineke!, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall; Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima in Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Krzysztof Penderecki.
Venues where she performed as a chamber musician include: Lincoln Center, New York, St. Martin in the Fields, Fairfield Halls, Fitz William Museum in Cambridge, The National Gallery as part of the Belle Shenkman Music Program, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. As a soloist she has appeared with Southbank Sinfonia in Italy and Magec Camerata in Spain.
Judith has played in Music Festivals including Aurora in Sweden, Alps in France, Strictly Strings in South Korea, MMCJ Japan, Kronberg Academy in Germany, and Caneti in Portugal, and has received masterclasses from Alan Gilbert, Midori Goto and Dong Suk Kang.
In 2015, Judith recorded her solo debut album “Assorted Encores” sponsored by Candelaria council, in Tenerife. She has also recorded symphonic repertoire with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic in Abbey Road, London Symphony, etc.
Judith has a great interest in Contemporary music and collaborates often with modern composers. She is the violinist of the Albany piano trio, which is focused on commissioning new works of women's composers.
Judith is also a dedicated teacher. She holds a LRAM teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music and enjoys educational outreach work and workshops in schools around the UK.