Competition winner returning

Canadian Nikki Chooi. Photo by Simon Darby.
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 New Zealand.

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.