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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pianist Ricker Choi Gives Benefit Concert June 23, 2012

Ricker Choi: Prize Winning Amateur Pianist at Glenn Gould

Studio on June 23, 2012 - 7:30 

pm. Net proceeds donated to United Way

Venue: Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front St. West, Toronto)

Tickets: $20 adult / $10 student 

Program: works by Liszt, Bartok, Tchaikovsky and more

TORONTO, ON, June 23, 2012 (SAT) - 7:30 pm - Ricker Choi (, 2nd prize winner of the Berlin International Amateur Piano Competition and 3rd prize winner of Paris International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs, will be performing at Glenn Gould Studio on June 23, 2012 (SAT), 7:30 pm. Program includes piano works by Liszt, Brahms and Bartok. Joining Ricker Choi on stage will be winners of 2012 North York Music Festival grand prize winners.
Venue: Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front St. West, Toronto)
Tickets:  $20 adult / $10 student (all net proceeds will be donated to United Way)
Contact:;; 416-889-9461
Ricker Choi is both a pianist and full-time financial risk consultant. He came from Hong Kong to Canada at the age of 13 when he began his formal studies of piano. Studying with Boris Zarankin, who became his long-time piano teacher, he received his A.R.C.T, Piano Performance Diploma in just five years.

Ricker’s piano career took a twelve-year hiatus, when in 1993, he enrolled in York University’s Schulich School of Business, earning an M.B.A. He also holds FRM , CFA and PMP designations. In 2005 Ricker returned to piano studies with Boris Zarankin. In 2010, he also started coaching with Michael Esch, concurrent with his studies under Boris Zarankin.
Ricker has won grand prizes from North York Music Festival, Markham Music Festival and CCC Music Festival. In 2010 he won second prize at the Berlin International Amateur Piano Competition, performing with the Berlin Sibelius Orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonic’s 2500 seat Großer Saal. In 2012 he won third prize at the Paris International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs, performing at Paris' 1200 seat Salle Gaveau. His performances had been heard on 96.3 FM classical radio (Toronto) and Radio Classique (Paris).
Ricker has been featured in the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival’s “Emerging Artists in Concert” at Walter Hall and has performed in the Off Centre Music Salon at Glenn Gould Studio. On November 22, 2011, he gave a solo recital at the Four Season’s Centre for the Performing Arts.
Ricker has participated in master classes with pianists Andre LaPlante, Olga Kern, Anton Kuerti, Marietta Orlov, and Joseph Banowetz. Ricker founded Music Heals! in 2006, a series of fund-raising concerts for charity organizations such as Oxfam Canada.
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