Timothy Walden Principal Cello

Timothy Walden was born in London and began taking cello lessons when he was eight. He studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and subsequently held positions as Principal Cello with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed Principal Cello of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2010.

As a soloist, Timothy has performed and recorded extensively both on disc and for radio with all the major orchestras throughout the UK and abroad, covering the core cello repertoire. He has performed the major concertos of Beethoven (Triple Concerto), Brahms (Double Concerto), Dvořák, Elgar, Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky; and Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote. He has worked with eminent conductors including Kees Bakels, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Yakov Kreizberg, Alexander Lazerev, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Georg Solti and Yuri Temirkanov.

Also an active chamber musician, Timothy has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, Andrew Litton, Simon Trpčeski and Esther Yu.

Timothy Walden is regularly invited to teach as a guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London; and formerly in Australia at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Australian National Academy of Music.

The Principal Cello's Chair is endowed in memory of Amaryllis Fleming (1925-1999) by the Amaryllis Fleming Foundation and Fleming Family and Partners Ltd.

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