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The concert opened with Mozart's Violin Sonata in E flat composed in 1778; a two-movement work of disarming simplicity that is hard to bring off. But Chooi handled the work with a calm style, beautifully supported by pianist Stephen De Pledge. In some ways the gorgeous Piano Trio by Smetana was the highlight of the concert. With a deeply impressive relationship between all three players, this intensely rich creation came alive in glowing terms, revealing that Chooi is not just a dazzling technician, but a chamber musician of some class.

- John Button, The Dominion Post

Conductor, Giordano Bellincampi
Violinist, Nikki Chooi

Soloist Nikki Chooi made it the musical equivalent of a book that you can't put down. There was theatre here, as funeral march led to an expansive Adagio cantabile showcasing the sweet-toned Chooi. When the conductor invoked great waves of sound, the violinist rode them like a champion surfer.

- William Dart, New Zealand Herald


Canadian Nikki Chooi, the 2013 winner of the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition, will bring his sparkling style to his Australian debut when he performs with local pianist, Amir Farid, at Musica Viva’s Coffee Concert at Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 1 July. We spoke to Nikki about winning the Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the works he will be performing.

Nikki Chooi chose to play a famous virtuoso piece, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, which gave him the opportunity to show off his gorgeous violin tone, especially in the middle of the range. Indeed, he milked the gypsy sentiment of the piece for all it was worth — too much so for my taste, though that is partly the fault of the piece – before launching into the technical fireworks with aplomb and total security.
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