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Tim Crawford

Tim CrawfordTim Crawford, violin

Tim Crawford is an accomplished British violinist, known for his expertise as both a soloist and chamber musician. Currently studying at the Basel Musik Akademie under Rainer Schmidt, Tim Crawford has built a distinguished career performing across the UK and Europe. His deep connection to music began early, born to two violinist parents, and he started his formal education at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of four. During his time there, he won numerous awards and accolades, cementing his reputation as a prodigious talent.

Tim Crawford continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he completed his undergraduate degree under Alexander Janiczek. He was awarded a Concert Recital Diploma, the Ivan Sutton Chamber Prize, and the Lord Mayor’s Prize for the highest mark across the music department. His exceptional performance led to an invitation to return as a Chamber Fellow.

Tim Crawford’s chamber music career is marked by significant collaborations and achievements. He is a founding member of the Teyber Trio, alongside violist Timothy Ridout and cellist Tim Posner, a partnership that has flourished since they were 15. From 2017 to 2020, he played with the Barbican Quartet, during which they won first prize and the Classical Era Prize at the Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition. Recently, he co-founded the Valo Quartet with Maria Włoszczowska, Lilli Maijala, and Amy Norrington, continuing his journey in chamber music with long-time playing partners.

His association with the Esbjerg Ensemble is another highlight of his career, where he regularly performs, adding to his extensive experience in ensemble playing. Tim Crawford has also been a frequent participant in the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses, studying with Andras Keller and Steven Isserlis. In 2019, he was invited on the IMS Open Chamber Music Tour across the UK, showcasing his talents in prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall in London.

Tim Crawford’s versatility extends to his leadership roles; he leads Collegium, a string group founded by Lawrence Power, and regularly performs with Arcangelo, a leading ensemble directed by Jonathan Cohen. His performances with these groups are noted for their historical and modern instrument excellence.

Throughout his career, Tim Crawford has been invited to many of Europe’s finest chamber music festivals. His performances have paired him with renowned artists such as Steven Isserlis, Lawrence Power, Alexi Kenney, Philippe Graffin, Amy Norrington, Alasdair Beatson, Bengt Forsberg, Timothy Ridout, and Paolo Giacometti. He is a regular at festivals like Musikdorf Ernen, IMS Prussia Cove, Lewes Chamber Festival, and Wye Valley Chamber Festival. This year, he looks forward to debuting at the West Wycombe Chamber Festival and Festival Resonances.

Tim Crawford’s discography includes recordings made with the Celan Quartet, a group he was part of from 2011 to 2014. The quartet, formed with the support of MusicWorks Chamber Courses and violist James Boyd, released a recording of Berg’s Quartet Op.3, receiving critical acclaim. Although the Celan Quartet is no longer active, Tim Crawford continues to collaborate with its members, maintaining the musical bonds they formed.

His commitment to music education and outreach is evident in his regular participation in masterclasses and workshops. Tim Crawford is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of musicians, emphasizing the importance of both technical skill and expressive performance.

Tim Crawford plays on a 1770 Ferdinand Gagliano violin, an instrument that complements his rich, expressive sound. His ongoing studies, performances, and recordings continue to enrich the classical music world, making him one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. Whether on stage, in a classroom, or in a recording studio, Tim Crawford brings a deep passion and dedication to his craft, ensuring his lasting impact on the world of classical music.

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