LSM Newswire

Monday, October 19, 2009

Nikki Chooi's debut performance on the $4.3M violin with the Victoria Symphony

Victoria, BC – On October 19 at the Royal Theatre, Nikki Chooi, winner of the use of a 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, debuts the historic instrument with the Victoria Symphony. This concert, Dvořák Symphony no. 8, conducted by Alain Trudel, features Nikki Chooi performing Saint-Saëns' violin concerto.

The Victoria Symphony's Dvořák Symphony no. 8 concert will be the first time Nikki Chooi will play the "Ex-Heath" Guarneri del Gesù of 1729 in public, since being declared on of the winners of the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank competition on September 23, 2009. He will be performing Camille Saint-Saëns' (1835-1921) Concerto no. 3 in B Minor for Violin and Orchestra, op. 61. The Concerto no. 3 is one of Saint-Saëns' great works that has survived from its composition in 1880 to the present day.

This concert also marks the debut of Alain Trudel as Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony and the performance of his piece Rhea. Rhea, named after one of the most respected divinities in the Greek mythology, is commissioned by and dedicated to Andrea Alexander, whose was the inspiration behind this work.

Finishing the repertoire is the concert title piece, Dvorak Symphony no. 8. Surprised by his own force of inspiration, Dvorak wrote Symphony no. 8 in G major in the summer and autumn of 1889. His work achieved golden opinions worldwide on the basis of their sense of unity and sheer melodic charm.

Alain Trudel, Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony, is also the Music Director of l'Orchestra Symphonique de Laval and was the Artistic Advisor to the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in 2008-09. Trudel made his conducting debut in Russia with the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2009.

Nikki Chooi born in 1989 in Victoria, British Columbia, Nikki Chooi, is enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with renowned violinists Joseph Silverstein and Ida Kavafian. His previous teachers include Bill van der Sloot at the Mount Royal Conservatory, and Sydney Humphreys at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is a recent recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award of the Canada Council of the Arts. (Full bio of Nikki Chooi attached.)

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island's largest and most active arts organization performing for more than 125,000 people each year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists, the Victoria Symphony's 2009-2010 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Series Sponsor Butler Brothers.

Dvořák Symphony no. 8
October 19, 2009 at 8pm, Royal Theatre
250.385.6515 or 250.386.6121
$12, $29.50, $39.50, $48.50

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