Jihea Choi holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland, as well as a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University (where she was awarded a graduate assistantship) and a Bachelor of Music degree from Catholic University. She has studied with some of the premier cellists in the Northeast, including Robert Newkirk, David Teie and Marc Johnson
Trained in the Suzuki Method, Ms. Choi seeks to merge the method with more traditional approaches, adjusting the formula to suit the student. She is on the faculty at the Potomac School and the Landon School, where she has taught for over five years. In addition, she has served on the faculty at Cellospeak, a two-week camp whose goal is to build the technique and ensemble skills of adult amateur students, and performed as a member of the Cellospeak faculty ensemble, 16 Cellos.
A chamber musician as well as an accomplished orchestral cellist, Ms. Choi has played with the Prince William, Lancaster, Illinois Valley, and Rockford Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Alexandria and National Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Choi currently serves as an associate principal cellist with the Fairfax Symphony.