AGE 45 I TORONTO, CANADA I CANADA
IT BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Though he’s developed a successful career in financial risk management, Ricker Choi calls classical music his first love. He discovered it at age 12 while still living in his native Hong Kong and starting piano studies the following year after immigrating to Canada. After earning an associate’s diploma in piano performance at 18, he enrolled in business school at York University, eventually earning an undergraduate degree and an MBA. He came back to the piano some 12 years later, and that commitment has brought top-3 prizes at amateur competitions in Berlin, Paris, Boston, and Washington, D.C. At the Cliburn he hopes to “grow by going through such an intense yet friendly environment.” Now a business consultant with 20 years of experience in financial risk management, he also enjoys composition for piano, as well as painting and reading.