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Timothy Ridout

Born in London in 1995, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram graduating in 2016 with the Queen’s Award for Excellence. He went on to the Kronberg Academy in Germany studying with Nabuko Imai, and taking classes with Tabea Zimmermann and Lawrence Power.

In 2016 Timothy was the first ever British winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Other awards include 1st Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz Competition and 2nd Prize at the 2015 Windsor Festival International String Competition.

Timothy has given recitals at major venues and festivals throughout Europe including Wigmore Hall, Munich Gasteig, Verbier Academy & Festival at Schloss Elmau, the Eggenfelden Klassisch, Koblenz, Cork Chamber Music, Oxford Lieder, North Norfolk, Musikdorf Ernen and Beethoven Bonn Festivals.

As a soloist he has performed the Walton Concerto at St. John’s Smith Square and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Maxim Vengerov and the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. He has appeared with the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Zagreb Soloists, Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings, Young Musicians Symphony and Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestras. In 2016 he gave the premiere of a new work by Desmond Clarke with the Melos Ensemble at Milton Court in London.

A keen chamber musician, Timothy has taken part in IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, the Bad Kissinger Sommer Festival (Germany), Schubertiade Festival (Austria), Musique à Marsac (France), Accademia dei Cameristi (Italy), and the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland). He has appeared as guest with the Nash Ensemble, and was a member of the Celan Quartet between 2011-14.

Other awards include the European String Teachers Association Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, and a Special Prize at the Max Rostal International Competition in Berlin in 2015. He has taken part in masterclasses with Maxim Rysanov, Hartmut Rohde and Thomas Riebl, and between 2013-2016 worked intensively at the International Musikakademie in Fürstentem, Liechtenstein as a scholarship holder. Timothy is very grateful for support from the Bowerman Charitable Trust.