Violin
Biography

Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi is regarded as one of Canada’s most promising and exciting young artists. Described as “the miracle” by Montreal’s La Presse, Chooi won a top medalist at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. He most recently won the Verbier Festival Academy’s Yves Paternot Award, the Academy’s highest honor bestowed on the most accomplished Verbier Academy musician.

2018-19 season highlights include performances of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart, and Piazzolla at the Montreal Symphony Classic Spree, a Morning Musicales Recital at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, a performance at Impromptu Classical Concerts at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Key West. and soloist performances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the North State Symphony, Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Heinz Moehn’s Violin Concerto with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2017-18 season Timothy Chooi was a soloist with the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor; with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole; and with the Toronto Symphony in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. He has performed with most major orchestras in Canada, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and the Edmonton Symphony. He has also been featured with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. International appearances include the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Auckland Philharmonia. In the United States he has been soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony, and made his New York debut in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.

Timothy Chooi has performed with many renowned conductors including Pinchas Zukerman, Benjamin Zander, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Yoav Talmi. He debuted with L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under the command of Maestro Jean-François Rivest and returned under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano. He maintains a close relationship with CBC Radio-Canada, and his performances are regularly recorded and aired worldwide.

On the competition circuit Chooi took first prize at the Vadim Repin International Scholarship Audition, at the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, was prize winner of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, the Morningside MusicBridge International Competition in Calgary, Vancouver’s Musical Society Club Competition, and the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship. He received the “Special Violin Prize” at the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Oslo, Norway. At the age of 16, Timothy Chooi captured the Grand Prix of the 71st l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition.

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Timothy Chooi graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Ida Kavafian. He previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. Timothy Chooi is currently pursuing his master’s degree at The Juilliard School in New York City.

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