Timothy Summers

Violinist Timothy Summers is co-director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, which he also co-founded in 2000, and is second violinist of the celebrated Orpheus String Quartet. He is also a member of the first violin section of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2009, and has performed on violin, viola, and occasionally mandolin with the orchestra at venues across the world. As a chamber musician, Mr. Summers has recently appeared in concert at the Wiener Festwochen (performing the Lyric Suite for its festival of Alban Berg), the Schumann Festival in Düsseldorf (for Schumann’s 200th anniversary), at the Berlin Philharmonie, at Schloss Elmau in Germany, and at Ferrara Musica in Italy. Mr. Summers has also served as second concertmaster of the Aarhus Symfoni in Denmark and second principal second of the Danish Radio Orchestra in Copenhagen, and has performed at chamber music festivals across the United States and Europe, including those in Taos, Tanglewood, Banff, Sarasota, Richmond, Staunton, and Token Creek, Wisconsin. Mr. Summers was for several years a participant in the Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata cycle in Boston, led by the late Craig Smith. He has also taught violin and chamber music at the Liceo in Barcelona, the Muskiene in San Sebastian, the Curs Internacional de Musica in Cervera, the Savonlinna Music Academy in Finland, and the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England.

Mr. Summers spent the 2005-2006 year as artist-in-residence at the Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music in Århus, funded by a grant from the Fulbright Commission, and has worked for several years on improvisation and computer programming projects with improvisation artist Steven Nachmanovitch. He has also worked as a teacher and developer of educational mathematics software at the University of Virginia’s Center for Technology and Teacher Education, and has recently developed a suite of music tools and games for iPhone. Mr. Summers holds an A.B. from Harvard University in English and American Literature and an M.M. in violin Performance from the Juilliard School. He was a student of Ronald Copes and Robert Mann at the Juilliard School, Mark Rush at the University of Virginia, James Buswell at New England Conservatory, and Robert Levin at Harvard University.

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