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Timothy Dowling


Prinicipal Trombone – Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic)

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts


Melbourne-born trombonist Timothy Dowling has been living and working in the Netherlands since 1988. Equally at home on modern or historical trombones, he divides his time between his position as principal trombonist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, professor of trombone at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, and performing with various Baroque and Renaissance ensembles.

Timothy began playing brass instruments at the age of nine in Wagga Wagga. Later he continued his studies at the Canberra School of Music with Leonard Fischer, before returning to Melbourne in 1977 to study at the Victorian College of the Arts with Roger Davies and Michael Mulcahy.

After playing two seasons in the Australian Youth Orchestra, he began his professional career in the Victorian State Orchestra in 1979. Appointments as principal trombonist in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (now Opera Australia Orchestra) followed, before he was appointed associate principal trombonist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1986.

After being appointed solo trombonist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague in 1988, Timothy emigrated to the Netherlands. With the Residentie Orchestra he has toured Europe, Japan and South America, and has worked with many notable conductors including Gennady Roszdestvensky, Franz Welser-Möst, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi. He has also often performed as guest principal trombonist in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.

Timothy is a noted performer on historical instruments, and a founder member of baroque ensemble In Stil Moderno. He has performed with Orchestre de la Champs Elysees, La Petite Bande, Weser Renaissance, Il Fondamento, Combattimento Consort, and is currently principal trombonist with Anima Eterna Bruges.

Last updated 2020