Timothy Chooi
Simon Darby

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi, is enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Ida Kavafian and previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. At the age of 16, Chooi captured the 2010 Grand Prix of the 71st l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, bringing him numerous concert engagements. Chooi debuted his performance with the l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under the command of Maestro Jean-François Rivest. The La Presse Newspaper of Montréal described Chooi's debut as ''le miracle (the miracle).'' He has since played with l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal again under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano. Chooi was recently awarded the Bronze Medal (3rd Prize) at the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand.

Highlight performances in 2015-2016 season, includes performances with the Montreal Chamber Orchesetra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a recital tour in Quebec and in Latin America. Chooi has performed with major orchestras across the world including, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Phillharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.  Some of the conductors that he has worked with include Pinchas Zukerman, Benjamin Zander, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Kent Nagano and Yoav Talmi. Chooi maintains a close relationship with CBC Radio-Canada and his performances are regularly recorded and broadcasted across the world.

Timothy acknowldeges the generous loan of his 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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