Powerful and finely nuanced interpretations, sumptuous sonorities, and a compelling stage presence are just a few of the hallmarks of internationally acclaimed violinist, Timothy Chooi. A popular soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he is sought after for his wide-ranging and creative repertoire. Recent honors include 2nd Prize at the most prestigious violin competition in the world, Queen Elisabeth Competition, 1st prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Germany, and Switzerland’s coveted Verbier Festival Paternot Prize.
His recent engagements on the world stage include his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, European tours with the Wiener Concert-Verein, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter at Vienna’s Musikverein, and Paris’ Theatre Champs-Elysses to name a few.
With his wide-ranging international experience, Chooi is passionate about developing violin pedagogy and is the Professor of Violin at the University of Ottawa. He currently performs on the 1741 "Titan" Guarneri Del Gesu violin on loan from Québec's CANIMEX and the 1709 "Engleman" Stradivarius from the Nippon Misic Foundation in Japan.