Internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi, (pronounced as “Chewy”), has fascinated audiences worldwide with his commanding and finely nuanced performances. He is highly sought after for his passionate renditions and extensive repertoire, as well as his exceptional ability to connect with a global audience, which includes a media following of over a million viewers. Chooi came to international attention by winning First Prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany, the top prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and received the coveted classical music award, the Yves Paternot Prize at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Chooi commands the audience’s attention by bringing powerful and finely nuanced interpretations, sumptuous sonorities, and a compelling stage presence. Chooi has performed with, among others, the Chicago, Toronto and Montréal Symphony Orchestras; the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester in Berlin, Belgian National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Concert-Verein and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with outstanding musicians such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes, Catherine Cho, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Vasily Petrenko.
Highlight collaborations and engagement in 2023-24 includes a tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Emmy Award nominee film composer, Brian Tyler, European Union Youth Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Wimbledon Music Festival and Brucknerhaus Linz in Austria.
Chooi was born in Canada, he began his violin studies with inspiration from his older brother, Nikki Chooi. At the age of sixteen, he made his debut with Montréal Symphony Orchestra where the foundation was laid for his following career.
He currently performs on the “Titan” Guarneri Del Gesu violin from 1741 on loan from CANIMEX INC., from Drummondville, Quebec, Canada.
"Timothy Chooi takes us immediately to another world. The Canadian is a storyteller... the standing ovation he received was predicted from the very first note he played."