Acclaimed for his “passionate commitment to the composer and score... ...perfected technique [and] a personal aesthetic vision,” Maestro Tim Ribchester is emerging internationally as an inspiring, versatile musical leader and collaborator.
His recent conducting appearances include a triumphant mainstage production of Rinaldo (staging by Barbara Wojtczak) and chamber orchestra debut at the Trentino Music Festival (Mezzano, Italy); concerts and recordings in Boston of Joseph Summer's chamber opera The Tenor's Suite and the forthcoming CD Summer's Distillation. In the 2016-17 season he returned to North Carolina Opera (Assistant Conductor, Das Rheingold), conducted L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Trentino Festival in collaboration with ROH stage director Greg Eldridge, made his debut with the Vidin Sinfonietta, Bulgaria, and appeared as guest vocal coach and pianist at the Indemini Festival, Switzerland. 2015-16 included Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Gidon Saks's staging for Opera on Tap Berlin at the Delphi Stummfilmkino; Eugene Onegin (Assistant Conductor) in North Carolina; two concerts with the Bacau Philharmonic (Romania), and Dido and Aeneas in a new staging for Trentino by David Gately. He returns to Trentino in 2018 to conduct Handel's Alcina.
In previous seasons, Maestro Ribchester has led rehearsals of the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Baltimore and Boulder Chamber Orchestras, the Richmond Symphony Chorus, the Academy of Vocal Arts Chorus, and Opera Philadelphia Chorus. He completed a two season contract as Music Director of Delaware County Symphony (Pennsylvania); and made guest appearances with New York Lyric Opera Theater (New York), Concert Operetta Theater (Philadelphia), Gwinnett Symphony (Atlanta, Georgia), and the chorus of Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts (Philadelphia). From 2009 to 2013 he was the Music Director of Delaware Valley Opera Company’s summer festival in southeastern Pennsylvania. During this time he was invited to guest conduct for Opera Libera (Philadelphia) and he also appeared as a regular Guest Conductor at the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. Known for his advocacy of contemporary music, he conducted several premieres at the Curtis Institute of Music as well as commissioning new works for his chamber choir, the Eakins Vocal Consort, from 2006-2009.
A highly accomplished and experienced pianist, Maestro Ribchester has been fortunate to have assisted world-class maestri including J. David Jackson, Christofer Macatsoris, Timothy Myers, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jacques Lacombe, Christopher Larkin, and Steven White. Stage directors with whom he has collaborated regularly include Tito Capobianco, Dorothy Danner, David Gately, Inga Levant, James Marvel, Nic Muni, Detlef Soelter, and Marc Verzatt, and he has coached internationally recognized singers including Maria Aleida, Emily Birsan, Richard Cox, Carla Dirlikov, Joyce El-Khoury, Nicole Piccolomini, Michael Todd Simpson, and Gidon Saks. His recital collaborators have included Julianne Baird, Ian Bostridge, William Burden, Paquito D’Rivera, Ricardo Morales, and Leonardo Suarez Paz, and he has led several ensembles from the keyboard in both baroque and tango music. The official audition pianist for Philadelphia-based concert soloist agency Astral Artists, his playing is featured in director Park Chan-Wook's critically acclaimed film The Handmaiden, and on Cassia Harvey's recently released CD The Russian Cello.
Maestro Ribchester trained at Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, London, La Schola Cantorum, Paris, and the Advanced Conducting Academy in Bacau, Romania, in addition to conducting master-classes with several distinguished pedagogues in the United States. Passionate about public arts education, he has served as Manager of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s adult education initiatives and as a regular pre-concert lecturer and broadcast writer/director/host for the orchestra. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany, coaching privately, collaborating in workshops with renowned directors and voice teachers, and giving masterclasses at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.