Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, Timothy has gone on to perform widely internationally. Concerto engagements during the 2018/19 season include a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de Lille, Camerata Salzburg and Philharmonia Orchestra
Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, Timothy has gone on to perform widely internationally.
Concerto engagements during the 2018/19 season include a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de Lille, Camerata Salzburg and Philharmonia Orchestra.
He returns to Wigmore Hall as soloist, and in chamber music collaborations with Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, the Quatuor Arod and Nash Ensemble. In 2019 he gives recitals at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Louvre, Sommets Musicaux Gstaad, Heidelberger-Frühling, Evian and Radio France Montpelier Festivals and returns as Artist in Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival.
Further afield he takes part in the Aspen Festival (USA), makes his debut at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and gives a series of concerts in Japan with pianist Benjamin Frith including the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.
Sought after as a chamber musician over the last year Timothy has taken part in the Heimbach Spannung, Valdres Sommersymfoni, Boswiler Sommer and Musikdorf Ernen Festivals, and undertaken projects at the Musikverein (Vienna), International Chamber Music Series at the Southbank, the Louvre and Salle Cortot (Paris). He has collaborated with Benjamin Grosvenor, Frank Dupree, Frans Helmerson, Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Pavel Kolesnikov and Kian Soltani among many others.
Solo highlights have included debut recitals in Japan at the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya and a performance of George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola at the Southbank Centre. He has also appeared with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, London Mozart Players and Sinfonia Cymru (directed by Gabor Takács-Nagy) and in 2017 Champs Hill releasted his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps to critical acclaim.
Born in London in 1995, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016 and is currently at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai. In 2018 he took part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World.
Timothy plays on a viola by Peregerino di Zanetto c.1565-75 generously on loan from Beares International Violin Society.
“Top performances were in abundance...Amongst the standouts was Timothy Ridout’s transfixing rendition of Britten’s Lachrymae. Closing a concert intended as an elegy to Benjamin Britten on the very date of the composer’s 100th birthday, the young British violist soared to new heights in a rendition that brought many to tears, a virtual recreation of the Dowland text, “Flow my tears.””
“...a poignantly cast rendition of the concerto...superbly effective in the final movement...particularly the closing moments, Ridout tilting Walton’s final chord from minor to major in such an understated way that it became the most modest of triumphs.”
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“This disc contains some of the best music written for the viola in the 19th Century….Timothy Ridout... is a fine, young violist with a solid tone, perfect intonation, solid technique, and charisma. I look forward to hearing more from him.”