Scarlett Choi is a Korean traditional multi-instrumentalist, singer and bilingual lecturer with generations of roots in Korean traditional music, beginning with her grandparents who held titles of Korean national intangible cultural assets. She received her B.M. at Seoul National University, College of Music and M.F.A. at Korea National University of Arts, School of Korean Traditional Music, abroad in Seoul Korea.
She has been active in the mastery of her musical heritage by teaching, performing live and on tv, and participating in album recordings. In addition, her performance integrated lectures awarded her ‘Best Lecturer’ in 2017, by the National Human Resources of Human Development of Korea. Choi’s belief in the preservation of traditional musical modes and techniques of her family sanjo, Sung Geum-Yeon ryu Gayageum Sanjo, has kept her music closely connected to that of its original version. In 2018, her accomplishment in musical similarity was recognized at her solo recital, and also at the 2019 Garam Gugak Competition, where she was awarded.
Her strong instruments are the gayageum and accompaniment janggo, but she is experienced in performing and teaching the danso, and all instruments of samulnori. In addition, she studied jeongga singing under Kim Ho-Sung and naturally composed Cheongsanlli, a combination of traditional sijo and contemporary gayageum. This piece was later presented alongside her installation that was dedicated to her grandfather, Ji Young-Hee, at the 2018 International Computer Music Conference. Her graduate thesis on Gyeonggi provincial shaman rhythms, which were transcribed by her grandfather, expanded her knowledge of traditional rhythms and their usage. Choi’s ultimate goal is to strive towards the dissemination of Korea’s traditional music in an academic, traditional and creative way.