Philadelphia-based violinist, Timothy Chooi has been described as “the miracle” (Montreal Lapresse).
Regarded as one of the most promising and exciting young artists in the world today, he was recently the Bronze Medal Winner of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, completed an extensive recital tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, performed with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, recorded his debut album, and was featured at Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He is also a winner of the 2013 Vadim Repin International Scholarship, a recipient of the, Milka Violin Award from the Curtis Institute of Music, Sylva Gelber Award, Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank and was the Grand Prize Winner of the Montreal Symphony Manulife Competition.
Timothy continues to have an engaging role in the promotion of the arts and education for the youth in communities across Canada and the USA.
Timothy has performed with major orchestras across the world and highlights of past seasons include Timothy making his debut as Soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Orchestra of the Americas, to name a few, and his Carnegie Hall Debut. Timothy regularly appears with his brother, Nikki in the violin duo the Chooi Brothers where they perform theme-based programs which have proven to be successful across audiences around the world.
Timothy looks to expand the classical music audience by increasing its appeal to the young generation via all available social media platforms. In particular, his series of self made online videos in non-traditional locations is broadening the reach of classical music through videography. He is currently at the Master's program at the Juilliard School, and had received his previously attended the Curtis Institute of Music. He previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, and Patinka Kopec.
Timothy gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Radio, the Sylva Gelber Foundation, and the Victoria Foundation. He also acknowledges the generous loan of his 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Timothy currently resides in Philadelphia where he is an active member of Astral Artists. He has a huge passion and commitment to bringing classical music to communities across America, Canada and demographics around the world who may not have access to.