VC Artist Timothy Chooi Joins Musique University of Ottawa Faculty

Canadian-American violinist will become a professor of violin as of July 1, 2021

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He will join Yosuke Kawasaki, Jean-Hee Lee, and Jessica Linnebach in the violin department at the University of Ottawa.

Along with this new teaching position, Chooi will continue his solo performance career. 

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and current artist diploma student of Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School and professional studies candidate at the Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff, Timothy is a former major prize winner at the Michael Hill and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions and the Astral Artists National Auditions. In 2018, he was awarded first prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, in Hannover, Germany.

He was also awarded the coveted "Prix Yves Paternot" Prize at the 2018 Verbier Festival, presented to the "most accomplished young musician".

"Very excited to start a new chapter of my life as a tenure-track professor at the University of Ottawa in addition to my career as a soloist," said Timothy Chooi. "I'm a huge advocate in guiding young people to become leaders in the 21st century while exploring the numerous possibilities in being a musician today. In addition, I’m thrilled to continue building my performing career so that I can share these experiences with aspiring violinists. This is an incredible position to be in, and I am grateful to have this opportunity at this point in my career."

"The School of Music is thrilled to welcome Timothy Chooi as Professor of Violin," said uOttawa on social media. "Prof. Chooi is a dazzling and moving performer, an insightful teacher, and the winner of many prestigious awards."