Timothy Ridout


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In 2016 Timothy Ridout become the first-ever British winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. He is currently studying at the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Nobuko Imai.

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

Over the last year Timothy has performed widely in Europe, highlights including recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Gasteig Munich, Brighton Festival, Verbier Academy & Festival and Schloss Elmau. He took part in the Eggenfelden Klassisch, Valdres Sommersymfoni, Koblenz, Musikdorf Ernen and Beethoven Bonn Festivals, attended IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and gave performances with the Nash Ensemble.    

Future engagements include appearances as soloist with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Baden-Baden Philharmonie and Sinfonia Cymru. He returns to Wigmore Hall, performs George Benjamin’s ViolaViola at the Purcell Room on the invitation of Tabea Zimmermann, and gives concerts in Italy and Israel. In 2017 Champs Hill released his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps to critical acclaim.

Born in London in 1995, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram, graduating with the Queen’s Award for Excellence. He went on to join the Kronberg Academy in Germany, where he currently studies with Nobuko Imai, alongside classes with Antoine Tamestit and Tabea Zimmermann.

His solo work has included concertos with the Zagreb Soloists, Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings, European Union Chamber, Young Musicians and Oxford Symphony orchestras, a performance of the Walton Concerto at St. John’s Smith Square, and the premiere of a new work by Desmond Clarke at Milton Court, Barbican. Sought after as a chamber musician, he has taken part in 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 collaborated with Ana Chumachenko, Maxim Vengerov, Lawrence Power, Tabea Zimmermann, Steven Isserlis and Franz Helmerson.

Timothy is very grateful for support from the Amaryllis Fleming Foundation and Bowerman Charitable Trust.

Timothy plays on a Viola by Peregerino di Zanetto c1565-75 generously on temporary loan from Beares International Violin Society.

Press reviews

“Ridout displays a consistently imaginative ear for tonal colours and an exciting variety of vibrato ... [he] is clearly a talent to follow.”

The Strad / Vieuxtemps CD review / July 2017

“There is a still centre to both his sound and stage presence that belies his 21 years. Quiet, thoughtful assurance distinguished the opening Allegro amabile [Brahms], which was teased into shape by the kind of natural rubato that breathes life into Brahms's long phrases and yet can elude many more experienced musicians. It's a gift.”

The Strad / Wigmore Hall / March 2017

“In Ridout’s masterly hands it sings out more tenderly than any other instrument. Sensitively supported by Reid, he held the capacity audience in silent awe ... ‘Urizen’ by John Hawkins (1983), inspired by William Blake’s demon, made a thrilling centrepiece to this engaging programme, which ended with a perfect Bach Andante.”

The Latest / Brighton Festival / May 2017

“Timothy Ridout, with his technical perfection and beautifully warm and soft tone, perfectly matched the Romantic yearning [of Cecil Forsyth's Viola Concerto in G minor] from the outset. In his pronounced and lyrical interpretation the soft, singing passages particularly stood out, though his playing was also full of drama and brooding temper.”

Neueste Nachrichten Baden Baden / January 2017

“After many years of sitting on juries for international viola competitions I can truly say that Tim Ridout is the most outstanding young player that I have ever heard.”

Simon Rowland-Jones, founder member of the Chilingirian Quartet and co-Director, North Norfolk Music Festival

“Praised for the warmth and eloquence of his tone.”

The Strad / Windsor International Competition / March 2016

“There was a genuine balance between the solo viola part and the string-dominated orchestra ... Ridout handled his part with confidence and flair.”

MusicOMH / Melos Sinfonia Desmond Clarke concerto / January 2016
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