Nikki Chooi, Concertmaster
Canadian Violinist Nikki Chooi has been described as “richly expressive and technically assured” (Calgary Herald) and “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times).
As First Prize Winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Nikki recently completed an extensive recital tour with Chamber Music New Zealand, performed with Giordano Bellincampi and the Auckland Philharmonia, record his debut album with the Atoll Label, and was featured at Australia’s Musica Viva Recital Series. He is also a winner of the 2013 Astral Artists' Auditions and Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition.
In 2014-2015, Nikki made his debut as Soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic and the St.Petersburg State Symphony at the Musical Olympus Festival in Russia. His Concerto Engagements in recent years have included performing with the Victoria Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Peninsula Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra.
His Recital Engagements have included: the Vancouver Recital Series, Debut Atlantic Canada Recital Tour, Canadian National Arts Debut Series, Caramoor Rising Stars Series in New York, Chamber Music Tulsa, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, La Monnai "Concertini" in Belgium, Chicago’s Harris Theatre, and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.
Passionate in Chamber Music as well, Nikki has performed in many international festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, Montreal Chamber Fest, Napa Valley’s Music from the Vineyards, and Music from Angel Fire. He has collaborated in performances with Pamela Frank, Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian and with members of the Guarneri String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Vermeer String Quartet, Orion String Quartet. In 2009, Nikki was a core member of the Curtis on Tour to Europe ensemble performing with Roberto Diaz and Robert MacDonald.
Nikki’s 2015/2016 will include a tour of Canada with Jeunesses Musicale du Canada, a tour of Australia with Selby and Friends, performances with the Southwest Florida Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Symphony in C, Huntsville Symphony, and recitals appearances at Arizona’s Friends of Chamber Music, the Orford Arts Centre, the Mooredale Series in Toronto, and Philadelphia’s Astral Artists Season Series. He will also perform in festivals such as the Montreal Chamber Fest, Harriet and Friends in Vienna, and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland.
In summer of 2015, Nikki joined the genre-breaking ensemble, Time for Three, and performed in selected concerts with them throughout the 15/16 season. He joined the MET Orchestra as concertmaster at the beginning of the 16/17 season.
Nikki gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Radio, the Sylva Gelber Foundation, and the Victoria Foundation.