Here is the order for the six prize winners:
Chooi also will receive the opportunity to make a CD recording, as well as the three-year loan of a G.B. Guadagnini violin. All six winners will perform on Saturday at Prize Winners' Gala, during which prizes will be awarded and the two audience awards and the award for best interpretation of the commissioned work will be announced.
(BELOW: Timothy Chooi performs the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in the Finals of the Joachim Competition.)
Chooi was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and started violin at the age of three with the Suzuki method at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Esther Tsang. He then started studying at Mount Royal University Conservatory, and at age 16 he went to Philadelphia to study with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he also studied with Pamela Frank. Currently enrolled at the Juilliard School, Chooi studies with Catherine Cho. Timothy frequently performs with his older brother, violinist Nikki Chooi, in a touring ensemble called The Chooi Brothers.
A veteran of the competition scene, Chooi also won First Prize and was the Audience Choice Winner in the 2018 Schadt String Competition. Last summer he was awarded the 2018 Verbier Festival Academy Prix Yves Paternot, for the "Most Accomplished Young Musician." He is also the Bronze Medal winner of New Zealand’s 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the Grand Prize winner of the 2010 Montreal Symphony Manulife Competition
The 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition began on Oct. 11, with 32 participants from 15 countries. Jury members included Salvatore Accardo, Andrej Bielow, Tanja Dorn, Masafumi Hori, Kyung Sun Lee, Matthias Ilkenhans, Silvia Marcovici, Qian Zhou, Ulf Schneider, Vilmos Szabadi, Pavel Vernikov and Krzysztof Wegrzyn.
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