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Timothy Deighton



Timothy Deighton is professor of viola at Penn State University, and enjoys a wide variety of performance opportunities. He performs regularly with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also recorded and toured internationally. In 2019, he joined the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as guest principal violist for four programs, and has also made recent appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has presented the prestigious annual William Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University, and appeared at four International Viola Congresses as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra, and as master class presenter and panelist. Recent chamber music collaborations include those with the American String Quartet, Quartet Accorda, the Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry, and with various musicians outside the traditional classical field. Many of Deighton’s solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on U.S., European, and Australasian radio.

A committed teacher, Deighton has received several teaching awards, including the 2016 Maurice W. Riley Award. He has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australasia, and South and Central America. His former students hold positions in professional orchestras and on the faculties of music schools in the United States and overseas.

He has performed premieres of more than fifty new works for viola, most of which were commissioned by or written for him. His solo CD, Viola Aotearoa, featuring music for viola by New Zealand composers, was released in 2002 on the Atoll label. He and saxophonist Carrie Koffman have commissioned, premiered and recorded many new works, some of which can be heard on their CD, Dialogues.

He has been associated with a number of music festivals, including most recently, the Halcyon Music Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the Festival Internacional SESC de Música (Brazil); and the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine, which he served for a time as artistic director.

Commissioned (3)

Aequora tuta silent (all the sea was quiet)

for viola, alto saxophone and electronic effects, 6m


for soprano saxophone, viola (with effects) and audio, 8m

Pacific Rock

for solo viola, 5m

Recordings (1)