Driven by a constant curiosity, composer TIMOTHY PETERSON (b. 1994) draws on a kaleidoscope of influences. Finding inspiration in sources ranging from impressionist, jazz, and classical Arabic styles to literature from the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds, he aims to welcome audiences into musical narratives of genre-crossing expressivity.
Timothy’s music has been performed in the US and Europe at venues ranging from art galleries and distilleries to concert halls such as Lincoln Center. Ensembles that have presented Timothy’s music include the New York Philharmonic (as part of its School Day Concerts), yMusic, Sō Percussion, and Duo Cortona. His Duet for Body Percussion (2015), which features an original notational system, is incorporated into introductory composition classes at the Mannes School of Music and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
A frequent participant in festivals including the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, the Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop, and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Timothy holds a MM in Composition from the University of Southern California and BM in Composition and BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Timothy has studied under Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, Kristin Kuster, Evan Chambers, Paul Schoenfeld, Erik Santos, Andrea Mazzariello, David Conte, Narcís Bonet, and Kyle Blaha. As a pianist, he has studied under Alan Smith, Martin Katz, Christian Matijas-Mecca, Matthew Bengtson, Amy I-Lin Cheng, and Wilma Machover.
Timothy has also studied Carnatic (South Indian) singing in Mysore under Rajalakshi Kamala, Afro-Cuban batá drumming in Havana under Octavio Rodríguez Rivera, and the qanun (Arabic zither) in Tangier under Mohamed El Harzli. His studies in Morocco were generously supported by the University of Michigan Honors and Islamic Studies Programs.
Timothy is a self-publishing member of ASCAP.