Nikki Chooi, BPO Concertmaster
The BPO concertmaster, Nikki Chooi, has established himself as an artist of rare versatility, praised for his passionate and poetic performances. Described as “vigorous, colorful” by the New York Times, he has received critical acclaim in recent engagements at the Harris Theatre in Chicago, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall and Kauffman Center in New York, Koerner Hall in Toronto, and Place des Arts and Salle Bourgie in Montreal. Nikki served as Concertmaster of New York's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2016/2017 while working closely with singers and conductors including Renee Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Eric Owens, Fabio Luisi, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. His solos can be heard through The Met: Live in HD broadcasts in productions of Verdi’s La Traviata, Janacek’s Jenufa, and the Grammy®-nominated recording of Strauss’ Rosenkavalier released on the Decca Label. He has also appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Houston Symphony. He released his debut album of works by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Gershwin on the Atoll Label.