Canadian Nikki Chooi. Photo by Simon Darby.
The latest winner of the Michael Hill International
Violin Competition is returning to New Zealand, including
Queenstown, to perform this year.
Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi will return in June for his
winner's tour, presented in partnership with Chamber Music
Chooi will be joined by New Zealand international pianist
Stephen De Pledge for three programmes, including Ravel's
gypsy Tzigane and the de Falla Suite Pupulaire
Espagnole, to virtuoso works of Ysaye and Prokofiev.
Other repertoire includes Jack Body's Caravan and
trios with cellist Ashley Brown, including Smetana's Bohemian
masterpiece, his piano trio of 1855.
The winner's tour begins with the Bruch Violin
Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on June
5 and concludes in Queenstown on June 29, taking in 14
centres throughout New Zealand along the way.