Yena Choi

  • AMus
  • BMus (First Class Honours)
  • ANAM
  • MPhil


Multi-award winning violinist Yena Choi commenced her training at the age of three and has never looked back. She is classically trained with many years of practical study as well as academia under her belt. She has worked professionally with the major Australian orchestras, London's Royal Opera House Orchestra, Academy of St Martin In The Fields, and BBC Concert Orchestra.

Yena currently plays on a 1690 Tononi violin as well as an electric violin, both of which have taken her around the world from Sydney Opera House to London's Royal Albert Hall. She has previously performed for three Australian Prime Ministers, US President Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama’s family, the British ambassador to Hong Kong, the US ambassador to Sweden, and in 2021 two of her original recordings were taken into space on Blue Origin Mission NS-18.

Yena's versatility and expertise outside the classical realm has led her to collaborate with international touring artists Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Hans Zimmer, Michael Buble, Rufus Du Sol, Hugh Jackman, Rita Ora, Kygo, INXS, Michael Bolton, Diana Krall, Neil Finn, James Blunt, Ricky Martin, Maribou State, Hanson, as well as Australian artists Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Amy Shark, Conrad Sewell, Jess Mauboy, Parkway Drive, Peking Duk.

A regular candidate for high fashion events, Yena has performed for three consecutive years at Australian Fashion Week and has performed for international clients such as Chanel, Dior, Bulgari, Cartier, Hermes, Tiffany & Co, Aquazurra, and Armani. She has entertained corporate clients such as Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, La Prairie, L'Oreal, Puig, Newscorp, Riva Yachts, Sony, HBO, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, Citibank, Accenture, Emirates, Qantas, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, and Range Rover. On a global scale Yena appears in feature performances on The Ellen Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Amazon Music UK, and within Australia is a regular session musician on programmes such as Australian Idol, Triple J's Like A Version, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars, The Logie Awards, and The ARIAS.

With a keen interest in social outreach Yena is a regular at retirement homes, tours to regional Indigenous communities to give educational workshops, has played at the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation's Silver and Gold Charity Dinners, and performs annually for The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation Gala to raise funds for Australian wildlife rehabilitation.

A highly versatile classical, contemporary and electric violinist, Yena is a sought-after performer in the music industry.

Details last updated: January 8, 2024