“Five Minutes With” Cellist Estelle Choi from Calidore String Quartet

Estelle Choi

Name: Estelle Choi

Genre: Classical Music

Founded: 2010

# of Albums: 4

Latest Release: “Resilience”

Latest Video:

Latest Single:

Not exactly the usual definition of a single, the Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 80 (this is the first movement) is a work we have long wanted to record. We are so glad to include it on Resilience, the new album exploring music created by composers in terms of internal or external conflict. In 1847, Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny died suddenly of a stroke. She was his closest friend and musical collaborator, and her death devastated him. Opus 80 is filled with anger and grief uplifted only by fleeting moments of nostalgic hope.

Favourite Local Restaurant: Sidewalk Citizen

Favourite band as a teenager: Imogen Heap

Favourite band now:

My Brightest Diamond

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Dancing On My Own by Robyn

Live Show Ritual:

Try to get some peace and quiet before the storm

Favourite local artist:

Calgary Philharmonic (where my brother Arnold Choi is principal cellist)

Nose Hill or Fish Creek?

Picnics in Fish Creek were a huge part of my upbringing. I have many fond memories shared with family and friends there.

EP or LP?

Creating an LP requires a vision that gets you from the first piece to the last. Having just released one, it should really be a journey you take your listeners on, with a beginning, middle and end.

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl.

Road or studio?

Love the spontaneity of being on the road, but being in the studio gives you the tools to do that…

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Any shows or albums coming up?

Just released our latest album “Resilience” and shows in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Alabama, Ohio, California, Georgia, Michigan, Toronto, Germany, Italy, and the U.K.