Choi Jong-hoon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Jong Hoon
FTISLAND in Paris, La Cigale 8.JPG
Choi Jong-hoon in Paris, 2015
Background information
Birth name Choi Jong Hoon (최종훈)
Born (1990-03-07) March 7, 1990 (age 27)
South Korea
Genres Rock, pop, R&B, hard rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, vocalist, Leader, songwriter, composer
Instruments Guitar, vocalist, Piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels FNC Music (Korea)
AI Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Warner Music (Japan)
Associated acts F.T. Island, F.T. Triple
Korean name
Hangul 최종훈
Revised Romanization Choe Jong-hun
McCune–Reischauer Ch’oe Chonghun

Choi Jong Hoon (Korean: 최종훈; hanja: 崔鐘訓) [tɕʰwe dʑoŋhuːn]; Japanese: チェ•ジョンフン; born March 7, 1990) is a South Korean guitarist, musician and actor. He is the leader of the South Korean rock band F.T. Island, where he serves as the lead guitarist, keyboardist, lyricist and composer.


Jong Hoon was born in Seoul, South Korea on March 7, 1990,[1] according to the solar calendar, and February 6 according to the lunar calendar.[2] He attended the Shindongshin Middle Information Industry High School. During his high school years, he was accepted into the FNC Music talent agency, which later formed the band F.T. Island with Jong Hoon as its leader and guitarist.

Since March 2, 2009, Jong Hoon has been attending the University of Suwon in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. He is majoring in digital music alongside former band member Oh Won Bin.[3]

Music career[edit]

Choi in 2012

F.T. Island[edit]

Main article: F.T. Island

F.T. Triple[edit]

In January 2009, members Choi Jong Hoon, Choi Minhwan, and Lee Jaejin were put into the sub group "A3". This group debuted at the 2009 New Year concert "My First Dream" held at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan on January 2, 2009. Jong Hoon performed as the guitarist and a sub-vocalist. The group's name was "A3" due to each of the three members having type A blood. This group was formed to help take up some singing time during their concerts, so that lead singer, Lee Hong-gi, would not overstrain his voice.

In late 2009, the triple-member group was renamed "F.T. Triple" and began working with Jong Hoon on keyboard instead of guitar. They released the single "Love Letter" and began performing on music shows. During this time, F.T. Island's main vocalist Lee Hongki was busy filming a drama and guitarist Song Seung Hyun was involved in several variety shows.

Other Activities[edit]

In 2008, Choi appeared with the other F.T. Island members in the daily KBS2 sitcom Unstoppable Marriage in episode 62.[4]

With fellow band member Song Seung-hyun, Jong-hoon modeled at the 2009 Autumn Seoul Fashion Week on October 17, 2009 for Lee Ju Young, the designer of the "Resurrection" collection.[5] On June 29, 2009, he was featured with Core Contents Media’s soloist Hong Jin Young as one of the main characters in her music video “Love Battery”. In August he participated in episode 19 of MNet Scandal.[6]

Together with Song Seung-hyun, he starred in “Style Wave” in December 2009 and January 2010.[7] In this show, stars discuss major style trends and dress a shopper according to a chosen style theme. Choi participated in episode 15 of Seoul Broadcasting System's Idol Maknae Rebellion ("아이돌 막내반란시대") with fellow band member Seung-hyun, who was a cast member of the show; the episode aired on February 15, 2010. He made his acting debut as a supporting character on the film You're My Pet starring actors Jang Keun-suk and Kim Ha-neul.[8]

In December 2012, it was announced that Choi Jong-hoon joined the second season of tvN's The Romantic & Idol.[9]

In 2015, Choi Jong-hoon appeared in webdrama Prince of Prince, and drama Heroes.


Television Series[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2008 KBS2 Unstoppable Marriage Hwang Sabaek's friends Cameo, Ep. 62
SBS On Air Himself Cameo (Ep. 1)
2009 SBS Style Himself Cameo (Ep. 6)
Mnet Mnet Scandal Himself Guest (Ep. 19)
2010 SBS Idol Maknae Rebellion Himself Guest (Ep. 15)
2012-2013 tvN Romantic & Idol Season 2 Himself Cast member
2013-2014 tvN Cheongdam-dong 111 Himself Reality show
2014 KBS Safety First Himself Guest
tvN Sense King Himself Guest
2015 Naver TV cast, KBS2 Prince of Prince Park Si-hyun Lead role, web drama
JTBC Heroes Choi Hee-yeol Lead role
MBC Every 1 Weekly Idol Guest (Ep. 196)
SBS MTV Coming Out FTISLAND Reality show (with F.T. Island members)


Year Title Role Notes
2011 You're My Pet Ji Eun-soo Supporting role

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist
2009 Love Battery Hong Jin Young
2011 Close Ur Mouth M&D
2015 Sorry Juniel
2016 Already Winter Huh Gak, Vromance


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ "Profile" (in Japanese). FTISLAND. Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. 
  3. ^ 새내기 오원빈-최종훈, 나란히 전자디지털음악학과 입학! (in Korean). Newsen. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  4. ^ "FT아일랜드, '못말리는 결혼'으로 연기 신고" (in Korean). Star News. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  5. ^ 패션쇼 오른 최종훈, 당당하게 걷기~ (in Korean). Newsen. 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  6. ^ "MNet Scandal Featuring FT Island Jong Hoon Slammed For Too Much Skinship". Soompi. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  7. ^ "FTIsland brings K-pop mania anew in Manila". Manila Bulletin. 2010-02-22. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. 
  8. ^ "FTISLAND". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  9. ^ "FT Island's Choi Jong Hoon Dated Two Celebrities Since His Debut". Soompi. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 

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