Victoria-born violinist Timothy Chooi (24) has won first prize at the American Schadt String Competition in Allentown, United States.
The award comes with a purse of $8,000 and includes a solo performance with the Allentown Symphony.
Second prize went to Warsaw-born violinist Ania Filochowska ($2,500), and third prize to Hamilton Ontario’s Hannah Cho ($1,500).
The American Schadt String Competition is open to violinists, cellists and classical guitarists aged 18-30, who are living within the United States. Previous winners include VC Young Artists Zeyu Victor Li and Ji-Won Song.
Chooi studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. He is currently a post-graduate student at The Juilliard School, with Catherine Choat. Making his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2013, he has won major prizes with the Menuhin and Michael Hill International Violin Competitions, the 2012 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, the American Fine Arts Festival Vadim Repin Masterclass Scholarship, and the 2013 Vadim Repin International Scholarship Audition. Chooi plays a 1729 Guarneri del Gesu.