Biography

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Tim enjoys a busy and varied career and is quickly emerging as one of the new generation of outstanding young British cellists. He is established as a recitalist and chamber musician appearing regularly in festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He has played as a soloist in all the main concert venues in the UK and in London many times at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square. Tim is Guest Principal Cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and tours around the UK and internationally with the ECO and the ECO Ensemble. He has also been Guest Principal at other major orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Irish chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

This season Tim has performed the Elgar, Walton, Schumann and Dvorak concertos and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo Variations’. He has built a reputation as an outstanding teacher and was by some distance the youngest Professor of Cello in London when he was appointed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2012.

Tim’s playing has inspired a number of composers to write new pieces for him and has given many world and UK premieres for solo cello as well as some chamber works. Tim is Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival (patron Steven Isserlis), an exciting new venture starting in February 2014. An exciting new venture that is now in its third year and is bringing to York some of the finest chamber musicians in the country. See the festival website www.yorkchambermusicfestival.co.uk for details and booking for the 2016 festival 23 – 25 September

Tim was a chorister at York Minster before wining a major music scholarship to Eton College. He played in the National Youth Orchestra for 5 years and was Principal Cello in 2004. He was awarded a silver medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his ‘outstanding musical contribution’ to the NYO. He won many prizes for his playing including from the Countess of Munster Trust, the Leverhulme Trust (‘Jacqueline du Pre scholarship’), Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, Craxton Memorial Trust and in 2011was winner of the Kirckman Concert Society prize and the Tillett Trust 'Young Artists' Platform'. Tim studied with Louise Hopkins at GSMD.  He plays on a cello made by Carlos Tononi in Bologna in 1716.