Timothy Deighton - Viola (Week 1)
Violist Timothy Deighton enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. He has concertized throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and has received several awards for his work, including the American Viola Society’s 2016 Maurice W. Riley Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to studio teaching and enduring commitment to expanding the viola repertoire through commissions, performance, and recording.” Deighton presented the prestigious William Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University in 2014 and has appeared at four International Viola Congresses as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra, master class presenter and panelist. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also recorded and toured. Recent chamber music collaborations include those with groups such as the American String Quartet, the New Zealand String Quartet, Quartet Accorda, and the Boston Trio. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on U.S., European, Australian, and New Zealand radio and TV.
Having long held a fascination for new music, he has performed premieres of more than fifty new works for viola, and over a dozen for viola ensemble, most of which were commissioned by or written for him. Some of these works include those written for The Irrelevants, a contemporary music duo with saxophonist Carrie Koffman, and can be heard on their CD, Dialogues. His playing on his solo CD, Viola Aotearoa, featuring music for viola by New Zealand composers, was described in The Strad as “brilliant and differentiated.” The New York Concert Review noted “Deighton's impressive technical aplomb and precision” in a 2010 Carnegie Hall performance by the Chihara Trio.
Deighton has received several teaching awards and has presented master classes in more than a dozen countries and over half of the United States. He has performed and taught at more than a dozen music festivals in the United States and abroad, including most recently, the Halcyon Music Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine, which he served as Artistic Director. His articles have appeared in such publications as Strings, the American String Teacher, Journal of the American Viola Society, the New York Violist, and the Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society. His former students hold positions in professional orchestras and on the music faculties of universities and conservatories, while many others make important contributions to music and music education through various other teaching, administrative, performing, and entrepreneurial activities.
Deighton lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, pianist Ann Deighton, two sons, two cats, and a horse named Nikko.