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Nikki Chooi, Violin

Nikki Chooi

Canadian Violinist, Nikki Chooi has been described as “richly expressive and technically assured” (Calgary Herald) and “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times). Appointed by Maestro James Levine, Nikki currently serves as Concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season. During the 2015-2016 season, Nikki was a member of the genre-breaking ensemble, Time for Three, performing internationally with highlights in Barbados, Grand Teton, La Jolla SummerFest, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. The First Prize Winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and a Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, his many engagements have included performances as soloist with the Montreal Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Santa Cruz Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, and the Auckland Philharmonia. His recital engagements have taken him to the Vancouver Recital Series, Debut Atlantic Recital Tour, Canadian National Arts Debut Series, Caramoor Rising Stars Series, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, and La Monnai "Concertini" in Belgium An avid chamber musician as well, Nikki has performed in many international festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, and the Montreal Chamber Fest. He began his studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Mount Royal Conservatory. He recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Nikki gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Radio, the Sylva Gelber Foundation, and the Victoria Foundation.

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