Sung Kyu (‘Pius’) Choi started playing the trombone at the age of 14 under the tutelage of Michael Wyborn. In 2011, he was part of a student exchange program which enabled him to live and travel around Europe and broaden his musical experiences. Whilst he was overseas, he attended various masterclasses and had lessons from teachers such as Jorgen Van Rijen and Alain Pire.
In 2013, he commenced his Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and studied with Scott Kinmont, Nick Bryne and Ron Prussing. During his studies he performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra, and with various orchestras and ensembles in Sydney. Pius also performed in masterclasses with Dudley Bright and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and attended the Brisbane Low Brass Weekend. He was part of the 2016 Australian Youth Orchestra’s International Tour under the baton of Manfred Honeck, and was invited as a guest musician in Hennessy's 20th anniversary concert with the members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Hanoi. In the same year he won First Prize in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Concerto Competition.
Whilst training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Pius has been a guest performer for Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Australian World Orchestra alongside with Michael Mulcahy and Shannon Pittaway, as well as obtaining a position as casual musician with Orchestra Victoria and Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Pius was appointed as trombonist in the Australian Royal Navy Band.
Pius is currently living in Melbourne and will commence his third year at ANAM in 2019. Outside of music, Pius is interested in various sports such as swimming, table tennis and soccer. He also enjoys travelling and eating.
IN PINUS' WORDS
“I want to be an artist who is not only striving to be the finest, but also someone who can reach out to schools in rural areas – where there are limited opportunities to be immersed in classical music.”
Photo by Pia Johnson