Artist Profile

Time for Three’s Nikki Chooi Joins Met Opera as New Concertmaster

Next month Nikki Chooi will begin as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra… but first the 27-year-old violinist stops by the San Juans!

Nikki Chooi, one of Time for Three’s two violinists, has accepted the Concert Master position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, but will not leave the trio until after they play their OICMF concerts. Time for Three will open our Nineteenth Season, beginning with our annual Lopez Island concert on August 4 at 5:30 pm and continuing on Orcas Island August 5 and 6 at 7:30 and 5:30 pm, respectively.

Time for Three

Time for Three

Time for Three, whose other members are Nick Kendall, violin, and Ranaan Meyer, double bass, specializes in original genre-defying arrangements, fusing classical artistry and tradition with pop hits and folk staples. All three members of Time for Three graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music; the trio has been featured in a full-length special on PBS, has appeared at Carnegie Hall and on Dancing with the Stars. 

The ensemble has been called “Glowing… very hot… marked by great intensity of feeling… impassioned…” by NBC. 

Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, said about Time for Three, “Simply put, they’re a knockout! Three benevolent monsters – monsters of ability and technique surely. But also conveyers of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving. I would recommend them not only for entertainment value, but also for anyone looking to see how all types of American music can develop, when life and passion such as this are breathed into it.”

Violinist Nikki Chooi

Violinist Nikki Chooi

 Upon Mr. Chooi’s departure, recent Juilliard graduate Charles Yang will fill out Time for Three’s musical complement.

Read more about Nikki Chooi’s new adventure in the New York Times: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/arts/music/metropolitan-opera-new-concertmaster-nikki-chooi.html?smid=pl-share

and the Violin Channel: https://www.theviolinchannel.com/nikki-chooi-new-york-metropolitan-opera-concertmaster/.

We’re so glad that Nikki will play our opening night on the way to his new position at the Met! 

Rachel Buchman Returns as Musician-In-Residence

There will be music and dancing when popular music educator Rachel Buchman returns to Orcas to visit pre-school students April 26 – May 1st.   She’ll teach songs and the language of music to the young ones and coach teachers in methods of music presentation.  In addition, Rachel will work with students in Pamela Wright’s elementary school General Music classes.  Rachel was the wonderful Concert Mistress at the 2011 Children’s Concert, leading the young audience and Festival artists in musical storytelling.  Musician-in-Residence Buchman is sponsored through a gift by a generous OICMF donor.