Nikki Chooi (Canada)

Artist Profile

The First Prize winner of New Zealand’s 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and a Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi has been described as “a model of taste and tonal refinement” (The Boston Globe) and “vigorous and colorful” by (The New York Times).

A winner of Astral Artists’ 2013 National Auditions, Mr. Chooi was also the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the recipient of a 2012 Canada Council Emerging Artists Grant and a 2008 Sylva Gelber Foundation Grant, the First Prize Winner of the 2004 l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition, and the Grand Award Winner of the 2004 Canadian National Music Festival.

Nikki Chooi has appeared as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

He has appeared on the Vancouver Recital Series, Debut Atlantic Recital Tour, Canadian National Arts Debut Series, and Caramoor’s Rising Stars Series, and at the Dresden Music Festival, Chamber Music Tulsa, and La Monnaie “Concertini” in Belgium. In 2009, Mr. Chooi embarked on a European tour with violist Roberto Díaz and pianist Robert MacDonald, as part of the Curtis Institute of Music’s “Curtis on Tour” series. He has also performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Vermeer, and Orion string quartets, as well as the Opus One Piano Quartet and the Diaz Trio.

Mr. Chooi has attended the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program, The Juilliard School’s Starling-Delay Symposium, the Morningside Music Bridge, the Orford Academy of the Arts, and the Sarasota Music Festival. He has participated in the Music from AngelFire, Music in the Vineyards, the Eine Kleine Summer Chamber Music, and the Ravinia festivals. In the summer of 2013, he participates in his third residency at Marlboro Music.

Nikki Chooi was born in Victoria, British Columbia, to parents of Chinese descent. He began violin studies at the age of four at the Victoria Conservatory, and at age fourteen was accepted into the Academy Program at the Mount Royal University in Calgary. In 2012, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Prize upon graduation. He currently pursues graduate studies at The Juilliard School of Music, under the tutelage of Ida Kavafian and Donald Weilerstein.

Mr. Chooi gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council of the Arts, CBC Radio, and the Victoria Foundation. As the winner of a Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, he currently performs on a 1700 “Taft” Stradivari violin.

  • The Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2014 Winner’s Tour is made possible through the exceptional collegiality with partners Chamber Music New Zealand and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

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    In addition to the generosity shown by our sponsors, we wish to thank the following companies for their support of the 2014 Winner’s Tour:

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    Tour ground transportation has been provided by Wellington International Airport, printing of the programme book provided by ODT Print, attire for Nikki Chooi provided by Working Style, Queenstown hospitality equipment provided by Party Plus, Queenstown artist accommodation provided by Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa.


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