Queen Elisabeth Competition: shadow and light under the bow of Elli Choi

The 22-year-old American violinist delivered a performance this Wednesday aimed at the audience, fully won over. Developing a multiple playing palette and a fully embodied vision of music.


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Gaëlle Moury


Co-head of MAD, journalist at the Culture department

By Gaëlle Moury

Published on 05/29/2024 at 11:28 p.m.
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VSn Wednesday evening, on the eve of the second part of this rich edition of the Queen Elisabeth Competition dedicated to the violin, it was Elli Choi’s turn to take the stage. Born in 2001 in San Diego, the American started playing the violin at the age of 3 and has been studying at the Juilliard School since 2009… while currently studying for an undergraduate degree at Columbia University where she specializes in economics-philosophy.

Standing ovation

So far, Elli Choi has shown the bright side of her personality to such an extent that we were particularly curious to hear her in the Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich, a work – written in 1947 and 1948 – impregnated by the psyche of the composer, withdrawn in himself (and relying solely on the voice of the instruments) after having experienced censorship.



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