Tim Willis, violin
Tim Willis studied modern and Baroque violin at the Sydney Conservatorium from 2010 to 2012. During his time there, Tim led the Early Music Ensemble from 2010 to 2012 and also performed as a soloist with the ensemble on several occasions. He was also soloist and leader for the group's tour of Europe in 2011.
Tim won first prize in the Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Competition in 2010 as well as the Sydney Early Music Association prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he performed as a soloist with Ironwood Ensemble at
the Sydney Biennale.
Tim has been a permanent member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (and ensemble) since 2011. During this time he has appeared on stage with such distinguished international soloists as Kristian
Bezuidenhout, Simone Kermes, Federico Guglielmo, Stefano Montinari, Marc Destrubé, Gabriele Cassone and Sara Macliver.
Now living in Melbourne, Tim has worked with many period instrument ensembles throughout
Australia including Orchestra of the Antipodes, The Australian Chamber Choir (concertmaster), Ludovico's Band, Parsons Affayre, Gloriana Choir (concertmaster), Newman Baroque Ensemble, Saint John's Southbank
Cantata project (concertmaster/guest director), The Sydney Consort, Coro Innominata, Ironwood Ensemble and the Baroque Orchestra of St James, Sydney.
In recent years, Tim has undertaken study and masterclasses with Marina Robinson (Sydney Conservatorium), Georg Kallweit (Germany), Richard Gwilt (Germany), Riccardo Minasi (Italy), Ashley Solomon (UK), Federico Guglielmo (Italy), Pavlo Besnosiuk (UK), Madeleine Easton (UK) and Stanley Ritchie (USA).
In 2014, Tim will be moving to Germany for further study.
Tim plays a violin made in the 1720's by Sebastian Klotz in Mittenwald, Germany. He also plays viola d'amore, baroque viola and violino piccolo.