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Musicians: Jennifer Choi

By Chris McGovern courtesy of The Glass

Violinist Jennifer Choi, player of an extensive repertoire for the instrument, and interpreter of composers as diverse as Mozart, John Zorn, and Rogers/Hammerstein (I neglected to ask her about her stint as concertmaster for the touring company of South Pacific; next time!) was recently given a boost of profile in the online classical media when she joined the esteemed quartet ETHEL, with whom she plans on giving her strongest efforts as a musician. On a beautiful late summer afternoon in NY, we hung out on an outdoor restaurant patio and had this wonderful interview.

CM: How is your take on your classical and your new music repertoires?

JC: I was trained classically and it was pretty rigorous–hardcore teachers who wanted a certain standard repertoire to be in your fingers and in a certain way, and I was always listening to the great violinists and to great musicians…Nathan Milstein, Henryk Szeryng, that old school…Michael Rabin, Perlman, I listened to Perlman when I was growing up ’cause my mom had these records in the house, and she had symphonies playing all the time. But then, when I started playing new music, I guess I was using the same approach that I had learned with classical music, and you’re using your technique–it is music after all, and there’s a thing called execution, you have to execute it well…It still has to be clean and has to be fiery. the approach is similar, although the music can be so completely different.
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Jennifer Choi – Violin

“Hi, I’m Jennifer Choi and I play the violin.  I’ve been around New York City for about 13 years now and I’m just about to join ETHEL….”

Recorded July 2011

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Todd Reynolds – Violin

“I’m Todd Reynolds and I play the violin as a sort of hybrid instrument – I plug it into a laptop these days.  I’ve been, I guess what we would call, a ‘new musician’ for a good twenty years.  Been part of Bang on a Can, an early member of the Silk Road Ensemble for a while, a part of ETHEL for seven years, Steve Reich Ensemble.  I’ve sort of been around some of our great American composers and have been fortunate to work with them.”

Recorded February 2011

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Mary Rowell – Violin

“I’m Mary Rowell and I’m one of the founding members of ETHEL and that’s how I’m known mostly today but before that I had a life – I was in a rock band called The Silos (an indie rock band in the early 80’s), with Marin Alsop’s String Fever, also did a lot of contemporary music at Juilliard, at Columbia University, and of course living in New York all sorts of different groups: New York New Music Ensemble, New Music Consort, SEM Ensemble, and many solo concerts….”

Recorded May 2009

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