Nikki Chooi, violin

Violinist Nikki Chooi has been described as “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times) and as ” a model of taste and tonal refinement ” ( Boston Globe ). He is a laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions, based in Brussels. His many honours include First Prize at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition (2009) in San Francisco, a Sylva Gelber Foundation Grant (2008), First Prize at the Orchestre Symphonique de MontrĂ©al’s Standard Life Competition (2004), and the Grand Award at the Canadian National Music Festival (2004). He has per- formed in the Vancouver Recital Series, the Debut Atlantic Recital Tour, the National Arts Centre’s Debut Series, the Caramoor Centre for Music and the Arts’ Rising Stars Series, Chamber Music Tulsa, and La Monnai’s Concertini series in Belgium. He has been an artist at Music from AngelFire (New Mexico), Music in the Vineyards (Napa, California), and the Ravinia Festival (Chicago). In 2012 he performed for the second season at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Originally from Victoria, B.C., Nikki studied with Sydney Humphries at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, then with William van der Sloot at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary. In 2012, he obtained his Bachelors of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music and was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Prize upon graduation. In 2012, Nikki began graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of Ida Kavafian and Donald Weilerstein. Nikki plays a ca. 1700 Taft Stradivari on loan from the Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank.

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