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Canadian violinist, Nikki Chooi has been described as, “a model of taste and tonal refinement” (Boston Globe) and “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times). 


He is the 1st prize winner of the 2009 Irving M.Klein International String Competition in San Francisco, and was awarded the “Special Prize” at the XIII Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in 2007 in Moscow, Russia. He is also the 1st prizewinner of the 2004 Montreal Symphony Standard Life Competition, and the Grand Award winner of the 2004 Canadian National Music Festival.


In 2009, Nikki was part of the Curtis On Tour ensemble along with violist, Roberto Diaz and pianist, Robert MacDonald. He has performed in the Vancouver Recital Series, Debut Atlantic Recital Tour, Canadian National Arts Debut Series, and Chamber Music Tulsa.


He has been guest soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Toronto, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Highland Park Strings. Artists whom he has collaborated in performance include members from the: Guarneri String Quartet, Vermeer String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Opus One Piano Quartet, Diaz Trio, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra.


He has attended the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program, the Juilliard School’s Starling-Delay Symposium, the Morningside Music Bridge, the Orford Academy of the Arts, and the Sarasota Music Festival. He has been an artist at Music from AngelFire, Music in the Vineyards, the Eine Kleine Summer Chamber Music, and the Ravinia Festival as a recipient of the Gene Witz Memorial Scholarship. In summer of 2011, Nikki made his first appearance at the Marlboro Music Festival.


Nikki plays on the 1729 Guaneri del Gesu on generous loan from the Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank. Born in 1989, he is enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of violinist, Ida Kavafian. He has previously studied with Joseph Silverstein and at the Mount Royal Conservatory with Bill van der Sloot.


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