Dong-In Danny Choi (b. 1998) is a versatile young Canadian composer. Writing for various mediums including large ensemble concert works, chamber music, solo works, music for films and TV, and more, his music reflects a mix of lush Romantic-inspired language, film techniques, contemporary music, and a cocktail of influences from other genres.
He has collaborated with various professional ensembles including the Standing Wave, Erato, Nu:BC Ensembles, the NYU Contemporary Ensemble, the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and NYU Orchestra. He is also the winner of the 2019 Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition.
Largely self-taught in composition, orchestration, and various instruments (piano/keys, clarinet, guitar, drums, saxophone, and cello) starting at age 10, he is fluent in many different genres. His flexibility in classical, choral, jazz, rock, funk, pop, and contemporary church music genres allows him a wide array and palette in his work. He completed his BMus '20 in Composition at the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Jocelyn Morlock, Keith Hamel, Stephen Chatman, Pat Carrabre, and Dorothy Chang, and his MM ‘23 in Screen Scoring at New York University, where he received the Alan Menken Scholarship and studied with Eric Hachikian, John Kaefer, and Catherine Joy.
Choi hopes to be a composer who can connect emotionally with fellow musicians and his audiences in accessible ways and genres including through mediums such as film scores.
SCL Mentorship - 2023
Alan Menken Scholarship - Alan Menken with NYU Screen Scoring - 2022
Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition - Canadian Band Association - 2019
Korean Honor Scholarship - Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada - 2018
Isabel Jane Lownsbrough Memorial Scholarship - University of British Columbia - 2018
Cortland Hultberg Memorial Scholarship - University of British Columbia - 2017
Ernest Wesley Cubitt Sharpe Memorial Scholarship - University of British Columbia - 2016-2018