'Exceptional musician' to play in Blenheim

ANGELA CROMPTON
Last updated 14:28 17/06/2014
Robyn Malcolm
ON HIS WAY: Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi pictured in concert in Auckland, will show off his award-winning performance style at a Blenheim concert next week.

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A violinist said to have "bewitched" audiences before judges named him the winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition will perform in Blenheim next Monday.

Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi's concert at St Andrew's Church is part of his "winner's tour" to 14 centres nationwide this month as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's Kaleidoscopes season.

Chooi's tour started in Auckland where he performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and ends in Queenstown. He'll then travel to Melbourne for a Musica Viva Australia concert.

Chamber Music New Zealand chief executive Euan Murdoch described 25-year-0ld Chooi, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate who has just completed his masters degree at the Juilliard School of Music, as an exceptional musician.

Murdock said Chooi's performance of Caravan by Jack Body,would be a highlight of Monday's concert. Caravan was composed for last year's Michael Hill competition and playing it last year earned Chooi the Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition award.

Chooi will be be accompanied in Monday's concert by pianist Stephen de Pledge. Other works on the programme will include Ravel's gyspy Tzigane and the Manuel de Falla suite, Espagnole. Much of the concert repertoire will be recorded during the Chamber Music New Zealand tour and its release by Atoll Records completes another part of the violinist's 2013 prize package.

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