VC Artist Nikki Chooi Appointed New Buffalo Philharmonic Concertmaster

The Buffalo Philharmonic has announced the appointment of VC Artist Nikki Chooi as its new Concertmaster


The Buffalo Philharmonic, in Buffalo, New York, has today announced the appointment of Canadian-born violinist, VC Artist Nikki Chooi as its new Concertmaster - effective from October of this year.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and former 1st prize winner at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Nikki has previously served as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and as Guest Concertmaster with the Houston, Pittsburgh and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.

"Nikki Chooi is an absolutely spectacular violinist and a consummate leader ..." Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta has today said.

"The musicians and I are thrilled that he will be bringing his world-class talents to the Philharmonic," she has said.

"The strong sense of musicianship and camaraderie is what moved me most during my week as Guest Concertmaster ... I am thrilled to be sharing the stage with Maestro Falletta and the musicians of the Buffalo Philharmonic," the 30-year-old has said.

Nikki will replace violinist Dennis Kim - who stepped down from the role in 2018.