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Violist Timothy Ridout

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Born On June 25, 1995
United Kingdom
Born in United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Viola Peregrino di Zanetto - Generously on loan from a Patron of Beare’s International Violin Society
Bow A. Lamy, Eric Grandchamp
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Royal Academy of Music | Kronberg Academy
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Martin Outram | Nobuko Imai
Notable awards/competitions won
Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition First Prize | Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition First Prize | 2019 BBC New Generation Artist | Thierry Scherz Prize at the Gstaad Festival Sommets Musicaux

"Inarguably one of the absolute best viola soloists alive on the planet. Timothy Ridout is simply outstanding"

-The Violin Channel

A BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellow, Timothy Ridout is regarded as one of the most sought-after violists of his generation.

A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Martin Outram and Nobuko Imai, Timothy is a former 1st prize winner at the Lionel Tertis and Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competitions and was named as a 2019 BBC New Generation Artist and awarded the prestigious Thierry Scherz Prize at the Gstaad Festival Sommets Musicaux. In 2020, Timothy won Hamburger Symphoniker’s inaugural Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize and joined the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in 2021.

Recent highlights include solo appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Odense, San Jose symphony orchestras and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, amongst others.

Other highlights this season include recitals and chamber concerts at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philharmonie Köln. Further afield, Timothy embarks on a South American tour with the Chamber Society of the Lincoln Centre, returns to Taipei for a series of concerts, and tours Australia with Musica Viva.


In recent seasons, Timothy has made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lille, Camerata Salzburg, Graz Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Hallé, BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra, and performed the Walton Concerto at the BBCProms/Sakari Oramo and with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/David Zinman. He has also worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Lionel Bringuier, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Sylvain Cambreling, Nicholas Collon and Sir Andras Schiff.

Sought after as a chamber musician, Timothy has taken part in numerous festivals across Europe, including Rheingau, Bergen, Rosendal, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sion and Lockenhaus, and regularly collaborates with leading international artists including Janine Jansen, Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Kian Soltani, Benjamin Grosvenor, Nicolas Altstaedt and Christian Tetzlaff, among many others.

Timothy records for the Harmonia Mundi label. His latest album – ‘A Poet’s Love’was recorded with pianist Frank Dupree and features selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and their own transcription of Schumann’s Dichterliebe. New releases include, amongst others, Berlioz Harold en Italie with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/John Nelson on Warner/Erato, and Bloch Suite for Viola and Orchestra and Elgar Concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins.

He plays on a viola by Peregrino di Zanetto c.1565 – 75 on loan from a generous patron of Beare’s International Violin Society.

What is something your generation does that you hate?
Spends too much time on their phones (I am 100% guilty too) I think that what they provide is incredible, but you can get addicted too easily!
What are some challenges you have faced during your study of classical music?
Balancing time between the different parts of my musical life, all of which are very important to me!
Which industry figure inspires you most? Why?
There are many who I have great respect for - especially those who have managed to keep music going through the pandemic!
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