Canadian Violinist, Timothy Chooi has been described as “the miracle (Montreal Lapresse)”.
Recently winning the Bronze Medal Winner of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Timothy also recently completed an extensive recital tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, performed with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, record 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 2015 Sylva Gelber Award and Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Montreal Symphony Manulife Competition.
In recent years, Timothy made his debut as Soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic,Santa Barbara Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony and the Edmonton Symphony. He has performed as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Calgary Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Costa Rica, Orchestre de Jeneusses de Montreal, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Orford Academy Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestras of Americas and the Moritzburg Symphony 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.
His Recital Engagements have included: the Vancouver Recital Series, Jeunesse Recital Tour, Canadian National Arts Debut Series, Toronto’s Mooredale Recital Series, Montreal Chamber Festival, The Moritzburg Academy in Germany, The Fundacion Beethoven in Chile, The Orford Arts Academy in Quebec, Carnegie’s Weil Hall and many more.
Timothy’s 2016/2017 will include a tour of Canada with Jeunesses Musicale Canada and Prairie Debut, performances with the Santa Barbara Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and recitals appearances at Winnipeg Recital Series, Coast Recital Series Music Niagara, to name a few.
He is enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Ida Kavafian and previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman 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 acknowldeges the generous loan of his 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Timothy was born in 1993 in Victoria, British Columbia. He began his studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where at age 3. He is a graduate of the Mount Royal Conservatory received his undergraduate degree at the Curtis Institute of Music.