The Orchestra: Brandon Chui: Viola

 

Equally at home in the world of historical-performance-practice and modern viola, Canadian violist Brandon Chui joins Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in September 2018 while maintaining his position with the Hamilton Philharmonic, with whom he has been a member since 2007. He held the position of assistant principal viola with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 2015-2017 and has also performed extensively with the Aradia Ensemble, Opera Atelier, Note Bene Baroque Players, Canadian Opera Company, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. Having previously held leading roles at Italy's Centre for Operatic Studies, Switzerland's Verbier Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany and guest principal viola at Orchestra London, Brandon is a regular mentor/principal at Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton.

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 (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.

An all-around music nerd, Brandon received his first violin lessons at the age of thirteen. He previously 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, by which time he had added trumpet and tuba to the home caucophony. Brandon completed his Bachelors of Music from the University of Toronto.

Brandon lives in Toronto with his wife, photographer Melissa Sung.

Photo credit: Melissa Sung