Biography

An Award-winning Composer and Conductor, Claude has been making beautiful melodies for over two decades. The winner of the Canada-Korea Cultural Artist of the Year award and Paul Harris Fellow Medal, Claude is known for introducing classical easy listening to South Korea through movie and television drama soundtracks such as ‘Love is Just a Dream’ and ‘As I leave’ sung by the world-renowned soprano Sumi Jo.

As a Conductor and an Artistic Director, Claude has led numerous international projects such as the opening concerts for the G-20 Seoul Summit South Korea in 2010, the first musical concert at the Capitol, Washington D.C. in celebration of the 100th Year Korea-America Immigration Anniversary in 2003, and participated in the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup Korea-Japan in 2002. 


In November 2014, the world-renowned tenor José Carreras' last concert in South Korea was directed by Claude Choe at Seoul's Sejong Cultural Arts Centre.  

In Canada, Claude worked as the producer of 2003 and 2013 "We Are Together" concerts, celebrating the 40th and the 50th year anniversary of Canada-Korea diplomatic relations.

Claude Choe was appointed the Musical Director of the Korea's Exhibition Hall Opening Concert at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. He served as the President of the Korea-America Cultural Arts Foundation and Korea-Canada Cultural Arts Foundation, and also as the Associate Dean at the Canada Western College.

Composer

Choe began receiving international attention at the Salerno International Film Festival in Italy in 1993 where his ‘Une Poignée de Temps’ won the Best Film Music Award among 200 international nominees from 120 countries. Now, Choe’s own compositions are best-known in South Korean movie and television drama soundtracks, including “Hotelier,”  “Famous Seven Princesses,” “Guardian Angel,” and “Land of Man”. 

Choe’s own composition recording albums include “Beyond Dreams” (with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices), “Millennium Romance” (with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), “Sentimental Scenery” and “5 Colors of French Mood” (with French Pop Orchestra) and “In Love with Romantic Guitar” (his own performances). 

Choe's newest album "Romance Forever", released in 2014 by Warner Bros., ranked the top number one on the Classical Music chart in South Korea for seven weeks. 


Conductor

As a conductor, Claude has worked with the world’s finest orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra of England, St. Luke Symphony Orchestra of New York, Washington Symphony Orchestra, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, French Pop Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Festival Symphony Orchestra. Claude was the first Asian to conduct the legendary Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia in 1994. Many of his concerts and sound recordings with these orchestras took place in Carnegie Hall in New York, Abbey Road Studio in London, Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, Martha Theater Hall and Massey Hall in Toronto and St. Petersburg Hall in Russia.

Classical Guitarist

Claude's performances have been seen in New York, Paris, Spain, Washington D.C., Florida, Williamsburg, Virginia, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver. He performed as a special guest at the Alberta Centennial Celebration concerts in 2007 and at the Rotary International Conference concert in 2009 and 2012. Claude was an honorary guest performer at the opening musical concert of the Yann Arthus-Bertrand exhibition in Seoul in 2010. Most recently, Claude's guitar performance was seen at the Vancouver Performing Arts Centre in August 2012.


Reviews in journalism

"Very emotional and poetic tunes, saturated in European colors 

- Italys Salerno Film Festival Committee

A touch of classicism and romanticism with a sense of poetic freedom and relaxation, these are works of a truly talented artist. 

- Sidney Peyroles - Directeur du Centre Culture Francais

Choe's music is beautiful and relaxing. 
- Gordan Nikolich - Concert master, London Symphony Orchestra

His splendid music harmonizes so beautifully with chorus. 
- Terry Edwards Director, London Voice & Royal Opera House

Classic beauty, his invaluable music fills the void, untaken by the popular music, in modern minds and hearts with warmth and life. 
- Conductor, New York Broadcast Symphony Orchestra

His beautiful melodies will touch your heart. 
- Cenek Vrba Concert master, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The standard of classical music in Korea was 20 years behind that of Europe. - Korean Culture Newspaper

His Piano concerto is so beautiful and exquisitely beautiful. 
- Richard Joo Pianist (Billboard top artist)

Claudes music shares with us the peace of Mother Nature, the greatness of life, and the pain of losing love. It is a heavenly harmony that nourishes a tired soul.
Professor of University of British Columbia, and Journalist at Vancourver Joongangilbo

"Embedded with the spirit of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, Claude's music speaks through the window of these past musical prodigies."

- American Press