Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi is enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Ida Kavafian, and previously studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. 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 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. Chooi was recently awarded the Bronze Medal (3rd Prize) at the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand.
Winner of the 2013 Vadim Repin International Scholarship Audition, Chooi performed at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2013 to a rousing reception. Other top awards include the winner of the 2012 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, recipient of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, the Morningside MusicBridge International Competition in Calgary, Vancouver’s Musical Society Club Competition, the recipient of the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship and winner of the “Special Violin Prize” at the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Oslo, Norway.
Highlight performances in 2015-2016 season include performances with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and recital tours in Quebec and Latin America. Chooi has performed with major orchestras across the world including Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductors that he has worked with include Pinchas Zukerman, Benjamin Zander, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Kent Nagano, and Yoav Talmi. Chooi maintains a close relationship with CBC Radio-Canada, and his performances are regularly recorded and broadcasted across the world.