Nikki Chooi and Tony Yike Yang
Canadian Violinist, Nikki Chooi has been described as “richly expressive and technically assured” (Calgary Herald) and “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times).
Appointed by Maestro James Levine, Nikki currently serves as Concermaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season. During the 2015-2016 season, Nikki was a member of the genre-breaking ensemble, Time for Three, performing internationally with highlights in Barbados, Grand Teton, La Jolla SummerFest, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Nikki is a First Prize Winner of the 2013 Michael Hill Internationaly Violin Competition and the 2009 Klein International Competition, a Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, and a winner of the 2013 Astral Artists’ Auditions.
Nikki received his undergraduate degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, and recently completed his studies at the Juilliard School.
TONY YIKE YANG
18-year-old Tony Yike Yang is emerging as one of the foremost pianists of the younger generation. As a frequent prizewinner, Yang’s success at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition led him to become the competition’s youngest ever laureate, winning the 5th prize at the age of 16.
Recently, Yang was also awarded the Jury Discretionary Award at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition where he was the youngest competitor. In previous years, Yang has won top prizes at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition, the Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, and the Canadian National Chopin Competition as the competition’s youngest ever competitor.
Yang has been featured frequently on national and international press. In recent years, Yang was named CBC Music’s Classical Young Artist of 2016, and was also featured as one of their 25 hot Canadian musicians under 25.
Yang is currently a student in the Harvard University and New England Conservatory of Music Joint-Degree Program.