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MHIVC Winner's Tour: Nikki Chooi with Stephen De Pledge


Wed 11 Jun 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Student Rush (on the day): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: CMNZ

“Nikki Chooi enthralled in what would be a winning Sibelius, with blistering passion erupting from its ethereal opening pages.” – NZ Herald

In 2013, Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi bewitched audiences with his performance of Sibelius in the Final of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

The Michael Hill, as it is affectionately known, has spawned multiple international stars including Josef Špaček, now concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic; Joseph Lin, first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet; and Sergey Malov, who has recently made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie. It is one of the most demanding competitions in the business, and the winner receives $40,000, a record release with Atoll, and the most coveted prize of all - the winner’s tour.

Nikki Chooi already has quite a history: he is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and is now studying at Juilliard, is a laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin competition, has performed at a variety of European venues including the Ravinia Festival and La Monnaie, and with a number of orchestras that range from the National Orchestra of Belgium to the Montreal Symphony.

For the 2014 Winner’s Tour, Nikki joins New Zealand’s most in demand international pianist Stephen De Pledge. In Invercargill the programme features the De Falla ‘Suite Espagnole’, Gershwin Preludes, Ravel and Beethoven sonatas, Ravel’s gypsy ‘Tzigane’ and Jack Body’s ‘Caravan’.

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