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"His work is as passionate as it is expert." 

Christopher O'Riley, From The Top (PBS/NPR)

 

"Utter self-confidence and commitment to the composer and score...beyond perfected technique, a personal aesthetic vision."

William Conville, Newtown Square Life

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"His work is as passionate as it is expert." 

Christopher O'Riley, From The Top (PBS/NPR)

 

"Utter self-confidence and commitment to the composer and score...beyond perfected technique, a personal aesthetic vision."

William Conville, Newtown Square Life

photo credit: RCN Television

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About me


About me

 

 

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About me


About me

 

 

COLLABORATION

I have been a collaborative artist ever since my first public performance as pianist and cellist. Thriving on the interactivity of music as a living, breathing form of communication. Nurturing the talents of vocalists and drawing the best from orchestras. Partnering with emerging vocal stars, virtuoso instrumentalists, and charismatic tango musicians. In Berlin I am discovering visionary new collaborations close to home, and enjoying a growing number of exciting international engagements.

ENERGY

Music, whether improvised or read from the page, is a dynamic meeting ground between the bowing, beating, and breathing of instrumentalists, and the vocalists who draw their energy from many sources - language, breath support, harmonic tension, or sheer personal sympathy for their characters. The conductor must channel energy in the moment from those who have it to those who need it most, and to keep things in proportion so we hear everything in the score.

Dido and Aeneas, staging by David Gately (Music Academy Intenational, Trentino, Italy 2015)        photo credit: Music Academy International 

INTEGRITY

Beyond simply building bridges between the different elements of music: integrity is the governing principle of both healthy collaboration and a truthful artistic result. Doing the right thing, seeing the big picture. When casting an opera or building an ensemble I think carefully about the potential chemistry of the team I am creating as much as their individual talents. The greatest musicians with whom I have collaborated have also been the most sophisticated team players. 

STYLE

My favorite writer on music, the late Charles Rosen, described a style as “a mode of understanding.” I understand style as the aspect of music that allows musicians to “agree” on a shared language. The rhythms of a baroque or Latin dance, the colors of a bel canto line, the expectations of what harmony or effect is coming next, and the composer’s ability to satisfy or subvert those expectations. A physical, emotional, intellectual, and historical challenge, but no different than learning a new language.

Bryant Park Fall Festival (New York City), with Leonardo Suarez Paz, violin            photo credit: Douglas Townsend

RESPECT

Respecting the composer, the language, and my colleagues is something that grows naturally from observing the four principles above. I owe energy, integrity, and style to every collaboration, and always study until I am ready to put this combination into practice. It is my duty as an artist and as a human being. Musicians are uniquely equipped to be a positive example of respect and flexible leadership in the world, and it is humbling to continue the work of those who set this example for centuries. If you believe in and strive to embody these principles too, I would love to work with you.

main photo credit: André Lousada

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Contact/Press


Contact/Press

 

"...it is absolutely thrilling for us to announce the appointment of Ribchester as our next Music Director; he is already considered one of the most energetic and creative musicians in our tri-state area and beyond."

Charles Thomas, Newtown Square Life

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Contact/Press


Contact/Press

 

"...it is absolutely thrilling for us to announce the appointment of Ribchester as our next Music Director; he is already considered one of the most energetic and creative musicians in our tri-state area and beyond."

Charles Thomas, Newtown Square Life

"...gave the whole evening an elegant sense of shape, letting the music breathe when it needed to, while providing a sense of forward momentum...and delivering precise harmonies in ensembles." (The Chocolate Soldier, 2015, Concert Operetta Theater)

Daniel Fox, Reclining Standards

 

"Superbly conducted...his small chamber orchestra provided a solid sonic foundation for a well-chosen cast." (Le nozze di Figaro, 2013, Delaware Valley Opera Company)

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

 

"One of the most enjoyable performances I've heard from this fine organization." (Cyrano de Bergerac, 2014, Concert Operetta Theater)

Steve Cohen, Broad Street Review

 

"[Ribchester and Leonardo Suarez Paz are] both obvious masters of their art...the tango they created at dusk made me melt in my seat." (Bryant Park Fall Festival)

Failing Fashionista, New York City

 

"Utter self-confidence and passionate commitment to the composer and score...beyond perfected technique, a personal esthetic vision." 

William Conville, Newtown Square Life

 

 

main photo credit: Nikolai Fox

+49 159 0204 7191

timribchester@gmail.com

Also available for vocal and instrumental coaching (Italian, English, German, French, Spanish)