First Prize Winner of Hannover’s 2018 Joseph Joachim Violin Competition, Timothy Chooi was awarded the 2018 Verbier Festival Academy Prix Yves Paternot, for the “Most Accomplished Young Musician” as well as First Prize and Audience Choice Winner in the 2018 Schadt String Competition. He is also the Bronze Medal winner of New Zealand’s 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the Grand Prize winner of the 2010 Montreal Symphony Manulife Competition. He has performed with every major orchestra in his native Canada.
Canadian violinist, Timothy Chooi has been described as “the miracle” (Montreal La Presse).
Timothy Chooi is the First Prize Winner of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. He most recently also won the 1st Prize of the Schadt Violin Competition in the United States of America. He had already made a name for himself as an awarded of numerous prizes, among them the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand, Montreal Symphony ManuLife Competition, and this summer, the ‘Prix Yves Paternot’ of the Verbier Festival Academy as ‘Most Outstanding Young Musician,’ earning him his debut as a solo artist in the upcoming season at the Vebier Festival. Chooi has performed worldwide with renowned orchestras, among them the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the NDR Philharmonie.
2018-19 season highlights include performances of Mendelssohn, Bruch and Tchaikovsky Concerti with the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Germany), Filharmonia Poznanska (Poland), Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (Denmark), Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada) with Pinchas Zukerman conducting.
Along with winning top international prizes, he has contributed his violin performances in global peace events such as the Asian Heritage Day Gala in collaboration with the Government of Canada. With his older brother, Nikki-also a violinist- he has founded the ensemble ‘The Chooi Brothers’ which has been performing for over five years with a special dedication of bringing performances across remote regions of the world where classical music is still rare. Most recently, they have completed a project of performing ten concerts in isolated communities across Western Canada.
Chooi is currently pursuing his Masters of Music at the Juilliard School with Catherine Cho. He previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank and Patinka Kopec.
Chooi acknowledges the generous loan of his 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius from the Canada Council for the Arts.