Dinner & Midwinter Recital
Piano & Violin Recital
Haijin Choi, violin
Emily Grabinski, piano
Brahms Sonata No. 2
Prokofiev Melodies 1-2
Prokofiev March from Three Oranges
$5 Cover at the Door
Haijin Choi is a section violinist of Grand Rapids Symphony and a faculty at Calvin College. Originally from South Korea, she moved to the United States in 2000 to continue her post graduate program at Northwestern University, IL after ﬁnishing her BM and MM from Seoul National University. Inspired by her teacher and mentor Blair Milton, she continued her interest in orchestral experience by participating in National Repertoire Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. While playing with Charleston Symphony, SC in 2002 – 2003, she performed a recital for Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She has been a member of Grand Rapids Symphony since 2003. Besides performing recitals, she enjoys opportunities to help young violinists and to play chamber music including Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck and Sunday Classical Concert Series at Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Based in Grand Rapids, MI, pianist Emily Grabinski enjoys a diverse career as soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician and can be heard nationally and internationally with groups such as Appian Duo, Classical Revolution, Opus 216, and the Tyrolean Opera Program. She has served as staff pianist at Ashland University, Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently on staff in both the Music and Dance Departments of Hope College in Holland, MI. She assists with major events of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and Cleveland Chamber Music Society and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society – Iota Rho Chapter and the Music Teachers National Association. Ms. Grabinski has taken first place in several competitions including the Majorie Neville Collaborative Piano Competition (2012) and the John N. Irwin Solo Piano Memorial Competition (2009).
As a guest artist, Ms. Grabinski has also performed at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, George Mason University, Heidelberg University, Midwestern State University, Grand Valley State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Oklahoma, and on NPR’s The Sound of Applause. For leisure, she loves listening to “non-classical” music, from hip-hop to bluegrass and all sounds in between. She holds the degrees MM in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music and BM in Piano Performance from Central Michigan University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.