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Victoria B.C. sensations and brothers Nikki Chooi (age 26) and Timothy Chooi (age 21) are both multiple prize winners, and starting out on international solo careers. In 2014, Nikki made his debut as soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg State Symphony.
He won the 2004 Grand Award of the Canadian National Music Festival and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s Standard Life Competition. He was First Prize Winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, winner of the Astral Artists’ Auditions and Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition.
“soloist Nikki Chooi made it the musical equivalent of a book that you can’t put down” – New Zealand Herald
“vigorous, colorful” – The New York Times
“Timothy Chooi’s…performance was electrifying…intuitive passion far beyond his years and with breathtaking technical virtuosity” – Casa Magazine
Timothy (pictured right) won the Special Violin Prize at the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition for Young Violinists in Oslo, Norway, and made his Carnegie Hall debut May 2013 as winner of the Vadim Repin’s Masterclass Scholarship organized by the American Fine Arts Festival.
Nikki plays the 1700 Taft Stradivari and Timothy plays the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù violin. The Cremonese violins are valued at approximately $5 million each and are on loan from the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank.
Their energetic program includes a duo work by Prokofiev, violin and piano works by Saint-Saens and Prokofiev, and the dazzling Navarra, Op. 33 for 2 violins and piano by Sarasate.
They will be joined by pianist Jeanie Chung.