As a conductor Timothy Brock specialises in concert works of the early 20th-century and live performances of silent film. As a silent-film score preservationist, his work includes the restoration of Shostakovich's New Babylon (1929), Erik Satie's Entr'acte (1924), Saint-Saëns' The Assassination of Duke DeGuise, and Wolfgang Zeller’s Vampyr (1930). In 1998 he began his long-standing relationship with the Charles Chaplin family as their score preservationist and is the leading authority on Chaplin as composer. He has made 15 critical editions of his scores including Modern Times, City Lights, The Gold Rush and The Kid, all published by Bourne Music, International.
In June 2023 he will conduct the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the world premiere of Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940). Brock makes his debut on the podium on the historic Terme di Caracalla stage with music never-before performed to a live-screening.
As a composer he has written over 40 silent-film scores, including Buster Keaton's The General, Steamboat Bill Jr., F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, Fritz Lang's Frau im mond, and recently premiered his newly commissioned score to Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in May 2022.
Brock also continues to bring focus on his “Entartete Musik” programs which he began in 1990 as former chief conductor of the Washington Chamber Orchestra, bringing to light the neglected genius of those composers whom were suppressed by the artistic tyranny of the Third Reich.
Timothy Brock has conducted some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Montreal Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Swedish Radio Symphony.
He makes his home in Bologna, Italy