Time for Three Trio Welcomes Newest Member, VC 'Young Artist' Nikki Chooi

By Ian Holubiak on Jul 30, 2015 09:01 PM EDT

It's been announced that the classically-trained string trio, Time for Three, will welcome its newest member, VC "Young Artist" Nikki Chooi. The violinist will succeed departing member, Zachary Jon DePue.

As it's been noted, DePue will leave the ensemble after 12 years to focus full-time on his position as Concertmaster with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Per the group's website, they expressed their excitement about the newest member:

"As always, and with this incredibly personal news, we look forward to seeing each and every one of you, your family, and friends, out there in the "house" when we come to town. We cannot wait to introduce you to Nikki! As we look forward to new territories, both literally and metaphorically, we will do so because we have been empowered by all of you to continue onward, and upward!"

Nikki, 26, responded via the Violin Channel saying, "I am ecstatic to begin this exciting new adventure with Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer... we hope to reach out to even more people with our music."

Chooi will have a lot on his plate as he will be balancing a myriad of other projects--including his solo music and budding career as chamber player. In addition, his resume includes appearances with the Malaysian Philharmonic, St Petersburg State Symphony, Victoria Symphony,National Orchestra of Belgium, Winnipeg Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra as well as recital debuts at Chicago's Harris Theatre and Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

Time for Three formed in 2003 while the members were students at the Curtis Institute of Music. They have toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and present a vast repertoire including bluegrass, classical, jazz and hip hop.

Congratulations, Nikki Chooi, on a most resounding new gig.

For now, enjoy some TF3:

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