Timothy Tate


Timothy Tate (AUS/UK) is a composer and violist, currently based in London, UK studying a Master of Music in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Simon Bainbridge. His music is often informed by extra-musical concepts such as drama, expressivity and simultaneity and ranges from concert music to installation and site-specific work, often incorporating the medium of 1/4 inch magnetic tape.

Timothy has been featured as both a composer and performer on ABC Classic FM and his music has been featured in festivals such as Fresh Meat (Melbourne) OzAsia Festival (Adelaide) and the New Music Network Mini Series (Brisbane). Recent compositional engagements have included writing for Brisbane based flautist Janet McKay, the London based contemporary music ensemble CHROMA, the Blossom St Singers and the Badinerie Players. Current projects include writing a new work for Flute, Viola and Harp for the London Spitalfields Festival and a new work for piano and electronics for London based pianist Belle Chen.

Timothy undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with Gerard Brophy (Composition) and David Deacon (Viola). He was awarded first class honours at the conclusion of his Bachelor degree and whist studying received: The Barbara Blackman Song Composing Competition (2007), The Alan Lane Composition Prize (2010), The Harris Peck Composition Prize (2010) and QCGU Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Prize (2011).

Composer website:  timothytate.com.au

Featured Works

Fracture, for orchestra.

Fracture explores the concept of the orchestra being divided (fractured) into three parts, with each ‘fracture’ inhabiting the orchestra in different ways. The general direction of the work can be described as that of perpetual suspension; an object being constantly examined from several directions whilst its trajectory is continuously being altered while moving towards a distant destination that is never reached.

Featured in Playlist 2 – Other-worldly Waves (28/02/2015)


Timothy Tate was interviewed for the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast, Episode 11, 30/06/16.