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Brandon Chui: Viola


Canadian violist Brandon Chui is a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic. He held the position of assistant principal viola with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 2015–2017 and has also performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. He has served as principal viola at Italy's Centre for Operatic Studies, Switzerland's Verbier Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, guest principal viola at Orchestra London, and is a regular mentor/principal at Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra.

A native Torontonian, he has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, appearing on such stages as Los Angeles' Disney Hall, New York's David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center), Berlin's Konzerthaus, Lucerne's KKL, Zurich's Tonhalle, and the opera houses of Genova, Lyon, and Versailles. Working with many of today's most celebrated conductors, including Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Gianandrea Noseda, and Jaap van Zweden, he has been heard on the CBC (Canada), DRS2 (Switzerland), NDR (Germany), RAI3 (Italy), and RSR (Switzerland) radio networks.

Also active in the world of historical performance, Brandon is a regular on the concert stage with the Aradia Ensemble, Opera Atelier, Tafelmusik, and can be seen frequently as principal viola of Kitchener-Waterloo's Note Bene Baroque Players.

An all-around music geek, Brandon received his first violin lessons at age of thirteen. Previously, he had played piano and had a keen interest in the trombone, an instrument he started to play in elementary school and faithfully continued with nerdy love until the end of high school, along with the trumpet and tuba. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a degree in violin performance, Brandon started to play viola in 2005.

Brandon joins Tafelmusik as guestviolist for the 2017/18 season. He lives in Toronto with his wife, photographer Melissa Sung.