Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi was awarded the Grand Prize of the 71st Montréal Standard Life Competition (2010). He debuted with the Montreal Symphony under the baton of Maestro Jean-François Rivest at the age of sixteen, in a performance that was described by La Presse as “a miracle.” Chooi was also recently awarded top prizes at the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and the Menuhin International Violin Competition.
Chooi has performed with several orchestras in Canada and abroad, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Phillharmonia, Santa Barbara Symphony, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony to name a few. Chooi has shared the stage with conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Yoav Talmi, Benjamin Zander, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Kent Nagano.
Timothy was born and raised in Victoria, and is currently is currently enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Past Winner, Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank:
2012-2015: 1729 Guarneri Del Gesu violin
1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivari violin
This instrument, made in 1717 by Italian violinmaker Antonio Stradivari, has been in the possession of a number of collectors and noted violinists, most recently Leon Weinstein, who purchased it in 1961. In 1980, Mr. Weinstein donated the Stradivari to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in the hope of starting a collection of great musical instruments to be made available to outstanding Canadian musicians who would not otherwise have the opportunity to play such fine instruments.
- Donated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
- Acquired: 1988
- Value: $5.5 million