WORKSHOP: Winston Choi on Performance Anxiety
Thursday, October 10, 2019 — 2 PM
Freiman Hall, Pérez Building
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming performance anxiety. However, it is important for individuals to be able to identify the underlying reasons and triggers, as well as the symptoms, which are usually related to a physiological reaction (fight-or-flight). I will speak about methods in which one can target both the initial problem as well as these symptoms. The ultimate goal is to help performers gain more confidence, reliability, and freedom of expression on stage. My own personal struggles and experiences confronting anxiety will be highlighted; I will also provide individual feedback and encourage attendees to share some of their own difficulties.
Winston Choi is the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. His professional career was launched when he was named the Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans. His solo, collaborative, chamber and concerto appearances have taken him across 4 continents. Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, the Library of Congress, Merkin Recital Hall. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot, Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, the Strasbourg Festival, and at IRCAM. His debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine: “…sheer élan and pianistic devilment…” He can also be heard on the Albany, Arktos, BIS, la Buisonne, Crystal, Intrada, Naxos and QuadroFrame labels.