Curtis at 92NY

  • Curtis On Tour
  • Jul 26, 2024 @ 7:30 P.M.

The is program pairs internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi with Ji Su Jung, the first percussionist ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. The artists present a program ranging from Piazzolla to Romantic works by Schumann and Kreisler to modern perspectives including a work by Keith Jarrett, blending violin and keyboard-leaning marimba. The program culminates in Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz’ Atlas Pumas, written for violin and marimba, and inspired by a soccer match.


PIAZZOLLA Histoire du Tango 
SCHUMANN Three Romances, Op. 94
KREISLER Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6   
KEITH JARRETT Selections from The Köln Concert 


  • Timothy Chooi Violin

    Internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi has mesmerized global audiences with his virtuosity and emotional depth. He’s celebrated for his extensive repertoire, connecting with millions worldwide. Chooi’s accolades include First Prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition and the “Yves Paternot Prize” at the Verbier Festival. He’s graced renowned orchestras and prestigious venues, earning glowing reviews. 

    In the upcoming year, Chooi embarks on a thrilling tour, collaborating with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and returning to the Toronto Symphony. He also debuts with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Brucknerhaus Orchester, and at the Wimbledon Music Festival in London. 

    Chooi’s music resonates globally, with notable recordings and broadcasts. Born in Canada, raised in the US to Chinese-Indonesian parents, he rose to prominence at sixteen, performing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he’s a Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa, playing two exceptional violins: the Titan Guarneri Del Gesu violin from 1741, on loan from CANIMEX INC. in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, and the Engleman Stradivarius violin from 1709, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation in Japan. 

  • Ji Su Jung Percussion

    The first solo percussionist to ever receive the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ji Su Jung has a distinctive musical voice that is instantly recognizable for its depth and lyricism. Born in South Korea, Ms. Jung began studying marimba at age four, a rarity among percussionists. Since launching her career as a soloist, she has performed concertos with such leading orchestras and conductors as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, the Houston Symphony with Daniel Hege, the Aspen Festival Orchestra with Michael Stern, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, and the Grand Rapids Symphony with Marcelo Lehninger.

    “Ji Su Jung’s performance of the Kevin Puts Marimba Concerto was dazzling—filled with breathtaking virtuosity but also beautifully shaped with extraordinary color and nuance,” remarked conductor JoAnn Falletta about Ms. Jung’s performance with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Ms. Jung has recorded the Marimba Concerto of Puts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, with the Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop, to be released on the Naxos label in early 2023.

    Equally at home as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and collaborative artist, Ms. Jung has performed solo recitals in such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ newly renovated David Geffen Hall. She frequently performs with The Percussion Collective, of which she has been a core member since its inception. She has also appeared at Yellow Barn and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, where she performed with notable artists such as Gilbert Kalish and the late Roger Tapping.

    Recognized internationally as a pedagogue, Ms. Jung serves on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She has taught master classes at New York University’s Steinhardt School, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Michigan State University, and Beijing Central Conservatory in China, among other schools.

    Ms. Jung holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Robert van Sice.

    Ji Su is a musical ambassador for Pearl/Adams and Vic Firth percussion companies.

    Ms. Jung joined the Curtis faculty in 2022.

    • Date Jul 26, 2024
    • Time 7:30 P.M.
    • Location Buttenwieser Hall at The Arnhold Center, 92NY