The Estampe Trio is a rising chamber group in Midwest area. Formed in the Fall of 2016 by Yeonwoo Seo (cello), Eunjeong Choi (violin), and Mickey Chien (piano) in University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, The Estampe Trio has been playing series of recitals in Peoria, Carbondale, and Champaign, IL, since 2016. The original idea of the piano trio “Estampe” was to enhance the knowledge of chamber music literature. Estampe trio pursues to make classical music more appealing and accessible to the audiences. They aim to connect audiences to music and performers through creative and various repertoire and presentation of performances. In 2016-2018, they reached a variety of audiences throughout different venues across the state. Presenting wide range of repertoire including the composers that surround us today, the chamber group contribute to the development of art and support the new composition to see the light of the world.
Eunjeong Choi (violin)
Born in South Korea, violinist Eunjeong Choi is an active musician performing solo, chamber and orchestral music. She received her Master of Music degree from University of Michigan, where she studied with Stephen Shipps and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with Stefan Milenkovich. She was the winner of New York Artists International Competition, Concerto Competition for St. Petersburg Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra in Russia, as well as a prizewinner in Misbin Chamber music Competition in Washington DC, and Journal of Music in Korea. She appeared on multiple occasions including Carnegie Hall in New York, Glazunov concert hall in Russia, MusicAlp Summer Festival in France, Chamber music series in Krannert Art Museum in Illinois. She has performed in Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and she is currently a member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Yeonwoo Seo (cello)
As an active cellist, Ms. Seo won prizes on competitions including Misbin Chamber Competition in Washington DC and UISO Concerto Competition in String Division, and named finalist at The American Prize in Chamber Music Professional Division in 2016. She performed in Carnegie Hall as one of the winners of American Protégé String and Piano Competition in 2015. She has been playing in Illinois Symphony orchestra since 2012 and also participated in Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera. She participated in several orchestras and summer festivals such as Aspen, Banff Cello Masterclass Residency, and Miami and played for Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as an intern while she was pursuing Master’s degree at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY where she also received her BM. Her teaching experience includes serving as a teaching assistant at Eastman School of Music in 2010-2012, and as an instructor in Illinois Summer Youth Music 2016. Ms. Seo currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Cello and a director of UIS Cello Choir at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Mickey Chien (piano)
Born in Taiwan, Meng-Chun Chien is an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, who has won top prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Southern Illinois Young Artist solo competition in Illinois, and Sydney Wright Collaborative Piano Competition. His performances include appearances at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Recital Hall in Taiwan. He served as opera coach at the Illinois Lyric Theatre, Italia Opera Program at Sant’Angelo in Italy, and currently serves as a collaborative pianist at Bradley University.