Timothy Chooi

Timothy Chooi, violin, is a young Canadian musician and the first prize winner of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. He had already made a name for himself; awarded numerous prizes, among them the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand, Montreal Symphony Manulife Competition, and 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 Verbier Festival. Chooi has performed worldwide with renowned orchestras, among them the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the NDR Philharmonie. 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 brining 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 the Arctic. Chooi acknowledges the generous loan of his 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivarius from the Canada Council for the Arts.