Rufus Choi, last year’s winner of the prestigious José Iturbi International Piano Competition, will appear as a soloist with conductor Frank Fetta and the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony during a free summer concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 6th at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

Choi will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto no. 3 in D minor. The orchestra will also be heard in Symphony no. 3 by Aaron Copland.

American born with a Korean heritage, Choi discovered the language of music at age six. His mother guided him in his first music instruction, but through the years he was mentored by master teachers Vladimir Krainev, Konstantin Sirounian, Bruce Sutherland and Oxana Yablonskaya.

He graduated from the Juilliard School with a masters in music and he earned the highest advanced degree attainable from the Musik Hochschule in Hanover, Germany. Choi began appearing in solo recitals as a child, and during his teen years won competitions that provided opportunities to perform with orchestras worldwide.

In addition to winning first prize in the Iturbi Competition, he was also named winner of the Competition’s People’s Choice Award.

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