Timothy Orpen is the Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is also a founder member and Principal Clarinet of Aurora Orchestra. Prior to joining the Royal Opera Orchestra, Timothy spent 3 years as Principal Clarinet of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. A previous overall winner of the Royal Over-Seas League, he has been described as a ‘blazing talent’ by The Times and as ‘one of the best young British musicians today’ by The Telegraph.
Concerto highlights include the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks and concerto performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
As a chamber musician Timothy has performed with the Allegri, Australian, Carducci, Chilingirian, Doric, Heath, and Sacconi String Quartets and sopranos Elizabeth Watts, Lucy Crowe and Sally Matthews. Other chamber music performances include recitals and chamber concerts with Pascal Rogé in Hong Kong and performances with Melvyn Tan and Anthony Marwood.
With the Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon he has performed clarinet concertos by John Adams and Brahms (arranged by Berio) and collaborated with the Klezmer band She’Koyokh. Timothy is also a member of the London Chamber Orchestra and has performed with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the London Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.
Timothy has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and appeared as a soloist across Europe and in Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. He has also been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ’In Tune’ programme. Timothy has given many world premieres, including a concerto which was written for him by composer Graham Ross. He recently commissioned new works for clarinet and String Quartet from composers Luke Styles and Aaron Holloway-Nahum with funds from the RVW Trust and Britten-Pears Foundation.
Timothy, who spent his early years in Australia, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany with Wolfgang Meyer.
When not playing the clarinet, Timothy enjoys mountain climbing and has climbed 6000m peaks in the Himalayas and the Bolivian Andes.