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Timothy Brown, composer

          Award-winning American composer Timothy Brown is one of the most popular and widely performed composers for the piano of his generation. His music has been influenced greatly by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Timothy’s music is noted for its “immediate emotional impact” and its roots in the neo-romantic style of music composition. He has embedded traditional formal structural elements in his wide array of  music compositions which includes orchestral, ballet, choral, and chamber works, and over four hundred publications written specifically for the piano for “pedagogical purposes.” He was born in Middletown, Ohio and his early piano and music theory studies were with Rebecca Shoup Willhide. His undergraduate studies were at Bowling Green State University, and he later received his master’s degree from the University of North Texas where he studied piano with Adam Wodnicki and music composition with Newel Kay Brown. His studies continued as a recipient of a research fellowship from the Royal Holloway, University of London, where he pursued his post-graduate studies in music composition and orchestration with the English composer, Brian Lock. He later continued his research at the well-known Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Foundation in Rome, Italy.


Early in his career, Timothy was awarded the first prize at the (2000) Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (Centaur Records). His world premieres have included commissions by The Daniel Pearl Music Foundation, The Music Teachers National Association Collaborative Composer Commission (2015), The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, and The Carter Albrecht Foundation. Through an artistic partnership with “the balletfoundation for the XXI Century,” he has received five commissions for contemporary works for dance including the staging of “three contemporary ballets” including “The Happy Prince” which is based on the writings of Oscar Wilde. His music has been showcased at numerous venues throughout North America and Europe including the Mozarthaus Vienna, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the “Library of Congress Concert Series” in Washington D.C., the Spoleto Music Festival, the Chapman University Symphony and Chorus and the “American Composer Series Performances” held in Rochester, New York in 2022.


His recent new works include his woodwind sextet “Camp Speicher” which was chosen as a finalist in the 2021 “American Prize Competition”. His “Babi Yar: A Sonata for Piano in Three Movements” also received its world premiere the following year from the Korean Concert Pianist, Hwa Jung Lee. In 2023, Timothy Brown completed his newest Piano Concerto “The Baku Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” in dedication to the Azerbaijani composer, Jevdet Hajiyev. Timothy Brown is an exclusive composer/clinician for The FJH Music Company Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


“The piano has always been the soul of my being as a composer. The instrument needs to express my intent as a composer in both a dramatic and poetic manner. For this reason, I have always chosen the Shigeru Kawai.”


 Timothy Brown, Shigeru Kawai Artist                     


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