Michigan Opera Theatre is thrilled to announce Jonathan Tortolano as its new principal cellist and Seo Hee Choi as its new Principal Flutist, beginning in the 2019-20 season! Learn more about them below!
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Jonathan Tortolano, Principal Cello
A native of Vermont, Jonathan has been living and working in Toronto since 1999. He currently performs with the Pittsburgh Opera, Washington Concert Opera, The Opera Company of Middlebury and the Gould Quartet as well as Sunflower Music Festival and Music Niagara each summer. He previously held positions with orchestras in Quebec, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the United States and performed with the Quatour Prima Vista in France the Quartet Metropolis in Lisbon. He studied at New England Conservatory, Oberlin College and The Cleveland Institute of Music and also teaches cello and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is married to the Polish violinist, Janetta Wilczewska, and has a daughter, Fabia.
Seo Hee Choi, Principal Flute
Flutist Seo Hee Choi enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. After the debut solo concert at the Seoul Arts Center in 2013, her interest in both orchestral and chamber music culminated to a performance with the New York Philharmonic in 2018. In addition, her performance as a member of a flute quartet was broadcast in Vienna by Österreichischer Rundfunk, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. Seo Hee received her bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance at the Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad for a year at the Royal Academy of Music. She received her master’s degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Also she studied with Robert Langevin at Manhattan School of Music for Orchestra Performance Program. She will be performing with Michigan Opera Theatre as the principal flutist from upcoming 2019 season.
We look forward to welcoming them both to MOT this fall!