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Timothy Brock


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Timothy Brock
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Timothy Brock is an active conductor and composer who specializes in concert works of the early 20th-century and live performances of silent film.

As a silent-film score conductor and preservationist, his leading work in this field include the restoration of Dmitri Shostakovich's only silent film score, New Babylon (1929), Eric Satie's dadaist score, Entr'acte (1924) and the famous George Antheil score to Ballet mécanique (1924). Since 1999, Mr. Brock has been serving as score preservationist for the Charles Chaplin family, and to this day is the foremost authority on the music of Charles Chaplin and has made 12 live-performance revised and critical editions of all major Chaplin films, including City Lights, Modern Times, The Gold Rush, The Kid and The Circus.

His career as a composer of new scores for silent film, which began at age 23 with G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box(1929), he has written nearly 30 orchestral scores for a number of notable orchestras and institutions including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Cinémathèque Française, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cineteca di Bologna, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid, and the Cité de la Musique de Paris.

Timothy Brock is a regular guest of the major orchestras worldwide: New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the French Orchestras of Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg, Pays de la Loire, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, ORF Radio at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Orchestre de l’Ile de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera House Lisbon, Latvian National Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Besides the music for cinema Mr Brock is famous for his concert series of Entartete Musik programs with works of Schulhoff, Schreker, Zemlinsky, Krása, Klein, Haas, Eisler.

Mr Brock is currently working on news scores for several films by Buster Keaton and his magnificent score to Fritz Lang’s masterpiece Frau im Mond has been premiered at the Vienna Konzerthaus in April 2017.

In July 2018 he conducted with great success a new production of West Side Story at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in November 2019 a new production of Gershwin’s Lady Be Good at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, while next year he will conduct My Fair Lady at Teatro Regio in Turin.

In the 21/22 season he will make his debuts in Seville, Zagreb, Bolzano, will return to San Francisco, Paris, Lyon, Vienna, Hamburg, etc also with new scores for films by Lubitsch, Laurel&Hardy and others.

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Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Symphonie N°9

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva