Timothy Young


Head of Piano and Chamber Music – Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne; Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium

Timothy Young is one of Australia’s most prominent and versatile pianists. Currently the Head of Piano and Chamber Music at the Australian Academy of Music and a founding member of Ensemble Liaison, he performs regularly in recital as a soloist and in partnership with leading Australian and international musicians and ensembles.

He studied at the University of Melbourne with Ronald Farren-Price and Mack Jost before completing his Diploma with distinction from the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Genova, Italy under the direction of Lidia Baldecchi- Arcuri and Massimiliano Damerini. While studying in Italy Timothy won several first-prizes in International Music Competitions including the Premio Kawai-Tortona and the Palma d’Oro-Finale Ligure, along with other major prizes in the Premio Venezia and the Sanremo Classico International Piano Competition. A personal highlight was a special performance playing works by Luciano Berio for the composer’s 70th birthday celebrations in Genova.

In recent years Timothy has toured Australia with violinist Ray Chen for Musica Viva and New Zealand with Ensemble Liaison for Chamber Music NZ. Performed with the Australian String Quartet, the Tin Alley String Quartet, the Australian Brass Quintet, the Australia Ensemble, the ANAM Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Frequent festival appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville,  Huntington Festival, Queensland Biennial Festival of Music, the Australian Piano Duo Festival, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, Melbourne International Festival of Brass, the Utzon Room music series at the Sydney Opera House, Canberra International Music Festival, the Aurora Festival (ISCM), the Perth Concert Hall Summer Series, Perth Festival, Woodend Festival, the Novi Sad Music Summer Festival in Serbia, the Kotor Arts International Festival in Montenegro and recently the opening recital at the Capraia Festival of Music in Italy.

Timothy has a keen interest in Australian composers of the past and his internationally acclaimed discography includes a recent release for Heritage Records UK with Penelope Thwaites featuring the complete two piano music of Percy Grainger. For the Melba label in Australia he has recorded a solo recital of works by the Australian George Frederick Boyle. Other recordings feature collaborations with Ensemble Liaison and violist Roger Benedict, violinist Ray Chen and soprano Cheryl Barker.  For Tall Poppies he has recorded with cellist, David Pereira and Ensemble Liaison. 

Last updated 2023