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Acclaimed for his “passionate commitment to the composer and score…” “elegant sense of shape…” “perfected technique [and] a personal aesthetic vision,” Maestro Tim Ribchester is expanding an international presence as an inspiring, versatile musical leader, particularly in the fields of baroque interpretation and composer collaboration. His previous season’s conducting appearances include a triumphant mainstage production of Alcina and chamber orchestra debut at the Trentino Music Festival, Italy, and concerts and recordings in Boston of Joseph Summer’s music with an ensemble augmenting the award-winning Ulysses Quartet (forthcoming on Albany Records). In the 2016-17 season he joined North Carolina Opera (Assistant Conductor, Das Rheingold and Eugene Onegin), conducted L’incoronazione di Poppea and Rinaldo at the Trentino Festival in collaboration with ROH stage directors Greg Eldridge and Barbara Wojtczak, 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 (Music Director) in Gidon Saks’s staging at the Delphi Stummfilmkino in Berlin; two concerts with the Bacau Philharmonic (Romania), and Dido and Aeneas in a new staging for Trentino by David Gately.
In 2018-19 he returned to Boston to lead performances of Mary Bichner’s debut opera The Memoirs of Antonina and an ensemble augmenting the Ulysses Quartet for Joseph Summer’s Shakespeare Concerts; joined Cape Town Opera as Vocal Coach and Assistant Conductor in Residence (Maria Stuarda, I Capuleti e i Montecchi); visited Opera Mauritius for a recital with soprano Danielle Halbwachs; joined the Neues Barockorchester Berlin and Opus XX Orchestra for concerts as harpsichordist; appeared as pianist for the Berlin Philharmonic Children’s Concerts; and returned for the fifth season to Trentino (Music Director, Opera Gala and Baroque Ensemble). The beginning of the 2020 season sees Maestro Ribchester returning to Cape Town to lead the company’s Young Artists in two substantial projects; the Cape Town Opera biennial recital tour of Germany, and a subscription concert of Handel’s Italian vocal duets in collaboration with baroque virtuosi Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord) and Peter Martens (cello).
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). An accomplished and experienced pianist, Maestro Ribchester has been fortunate to have assisted world-class maestri and stage directors, and has coached internationally recognized singers including Maria Aleida, Emily Birsan, Richard Cox, Carla Canales, Joyce El-Khoury, Sara Hershkowitz, Mireille Lebel, Michael Wade Lee, Nicole Piccolomini, 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. 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, where between international engagements he has established a renowned vocal coaching studio.
“Serendipitous is the best way to describe [this] newly formed collaboration…[he] brings out the best in Cape Town Opera…an enviable reputation in Italy, Germany, and the US…all to the good for opera lovers”
Beverley Brommert, Cape Times (2019)
“…clear beat and shapely direction…great expectations [from the musicians] and an involvement fully formed” (Shakespeare Concerts 2017, Jordan Hall, Boston)
Lee Eiseman, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
“…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)
David Fox, Reclining Standards
“characterful…looked and sounded appropriate in this silent-movie venue” (Les contes d’Hoffmann, 2016, Opera on Tap Berlin)
“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
“This is an exceptionally moving CD. Extremely inventive and emotional… captures the plaintiveness [of American folk music]. At other times, the vibrancy of Eastern European dance music” (The Russian Cello, with cellist Cassia Harvey, released 2016)
Anonymous reviewer, amazon.com
“[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