Timothy Chooi
Violin
Biography
Pete Checchia

Canadian born violinist Timothy Chooi, is currently enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Ida Kavafian. 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. In 2010, Chooi won the ''Special Violin Prize'' at the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition for Young Violinists in Oslo, Norway receiving a violin made by Jacob von der Lippe based on the Guarneri del Gesu model. Chooi was the winner of the Morningside Musicbridge Competition in Calgary, Vancouver's Musical Society Club Competition and the recipient of the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship.

In 2011 Chooi made his debut recital at the ''Next'' Series at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for upcoming musicians along with recitals at the Orford Arts Centre, Montréal Chamber Music Festival, Banff Centre of the Arts and the Vancouver Winter Chamber Music Festival. He was invited to perform at the 30th Anniversary Celebration concert for the Vancouver Recital Series in 2010 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada. Chooi maintains a close relationship with CBC Radio-Canada and his performances have been regularly recorded and broadcasted across the country.

In 2012, Chooi debuted with the Toronto Phillharmonia, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Highland Park Symphony in Chicago, Place des Arts Recital Series in Montréal, and Northern Arts Centre in Northern Canada.  That summer Chooi was featured as a solo artist along with violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Louis Lortie in Chile with the Orchestra of Americas under the baton of Maestro Benjamin Zander and Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2013 as winner of the Vadim Repin's Masterclass Scholarship organized by the American Fine Arts Festival. Also, in the 2013-2014 season, Chooi will be performing and debuting with the Santa Barabara Symphony, Orchestra London Canada, Orford Arts Centre Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra and at the Morning in the Music Recital Series in Vancouver.

Some of Chooi's upcoming performances include his debut at the Natioanl Arts Centre orchestra in Ottawa conducted by Maestro Pinchas Zukerman, performance with the Malaysian Phillharmonic Orchestra, debut recital at the Lanaudiere Festival in Quebec, Canada, and debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

As winner of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition 2012, Timothy is currently using the 1729 Guarneri del Gesu.

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