Timothy Chooi
Violin / Violon
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This year’s Verbier Festival Academy’s Yves Paternot Award has gone to violinist Timothy Chooi. Named after the founder of the Friends of the Verbier Festival, the award is bestowed on the most accomplished Verbier Academy musician. The beneficiary receives a cash prize of CHF 10,000 (c....
I am happy to announce the release of my video Csárdás / Czardas from Monti filmed in Lionel Groulx Metro Station, Montreal, Québec (Canada) and recorded in Philadelphia. I really enjoyed to create that story around the music and to give that impromptu concert in metro station....
PHILADELPHIA – Astral Artists Management has today announced the seven 1st prize winners of the 2016 national auditions – including VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi, from Canada. This 2016 winners are: Violinist, VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi Violinist, Katie HyunPianist, Congcong...
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Voice of an Angel, Vocalise : Rachmaninoff

Timothy Chooi, violin/violon
Janelle Fung, piano


"Vocalise" is a song by Sergei Rachmaninoff, composed and published in 1915 as the last of his 14 Songs or 14 Romances, Op. 34. Written for high voice (soprano or tenor) with piano accompaniment, it contains no words, but is sung using any one vowel of the singer's choosing.

This recording is exemplified on the violin and piano. The violin cannot produce any words, and therefore performs this work very well. There are emotions of loneliness, sadness, and confusion, but despite these intense feelings, the piece maintains a meditative overarching character.

It starts with the piano playing a repetitive vamp, and the violin enters with a lonely but distinctive voice. The voice of the violin paints the image of the voice in a grave yard. As the piece develops the violin changes its facade, and becomes intensely emotional with flavors of sorrow, crying and mourning before resolving in a ghostly voice at the end.

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Sheet music here:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Cs%C3%A1rd%C3%A1s_(Monti%2C_Vittorio)

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Anne Kostalas, videographer
Benoît Chamontin, creative producer
Drew Schlegel, recording engineer

With thanks to St. George's Anglican Church in Montreal, Canada.