Since winning the Gold Medal and overall First Prize in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in 2005, Timothy Orpen has established himself as one of the leading clarinettists of his generation.
Described by The Times as a ‘blazing talent’, he has performed as a soloist across Europe and at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Timothy made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2005 supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. He also appeared to critical acclaim at the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group New Year series.
Last year Timothy gave a series of recitals in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, and appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall supported by the Royal Over-Seas League and the Park Lane Group. Following this recital he was chosen as one of the ‘best young British musicians of today’ by The Telegraph.
Recent concerto highlights include the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks and Malcolm Arnold’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth. Timothy is committed to new music and has given many world premieres, including a concerto which was written for him earlier this year by composer Graham Ross.
As a chamber musician Timothy has collaborated with the Allegri, Badke, Barbirolli, Doric, Heath, and Sacconi String Quartets and sopranos Elizabeth Watts, Lucy Crowe and Sally Matthews. Other chamber music performances include a recital and chamber music concerts with Pascal Rogé in Hong Kong, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with pianist Melvyn Tan and concerts across Europe aboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Timothy is also a teacher of clarinet at Wells Cathedral School and recently recorded 2 CDs of music for clarinet and piano for the Associated Board.
Timothy, who spent his early years in Australia, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany with Wolfgang Meyer. He has also attended classes with Sabine Meyer, Michael Collins, Charles Neidich and Paul Meyer.
Last year Timothy was appointed co-Principal clarinet of the London Chamber Orchestra by Christopher Warren-Green and he has also performed as guest principal clarinet for many of the UK’s leading orchestras. Timothy is the principal clarinet and founder member of the Aurora Orchestra, now in their 5th season, with whom he has performed John Adams’ Clarinet Concerto Gnarly Buttons.