Tim Horton studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Charles Hopkins and Heather Slade-Lipkin. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1995.
In the same year he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London. Since then he has played with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005 Tim was chosen as the scholar of the Klavier Festival Ruhr at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel.
With the Leonore Piano Trio, Tim has given concerts in Italy and throughout the UK and toured New Zealand. Recently they completed a cycle of the complete Beethoven Trios at King’s Place, London and will tour it over the coming seasons. Their debut CD of the Arensky Trios on Hyperion has been choice of the month in Gramophone magazine and International Record Review. Their second disc for Hyperion of the Lalo Trios was released early in 2016 to great acclaim. Both CDs were chosen as disc of the week by BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. Future plans include concerts at the Wigmore Hall, around Europe and a tour of China.
Tim is the pianist with Ensemble 360. They were formed in 2005 upon the retirement of the Lindsay Quartet to take over the residency at the Crucible, Sheffield. Since then they have performed to great acclaim throughout the UK and abroad and released four CDs.
With Adrian Brendel Tim has given tours of Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London. In 2011 they made their debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. He has also played regularly at the Plush, Aldeburgh, Bath and Elverum festivals and has collaborated with many leading chamber musicians including Paul Lewis, Peter Cropper, the Elias Quartet, the Vertavo Quartet, and the members of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio. Tim has also performed many times as guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble.
He has been playing with Robin Ireland since 2008 and they have toured Britain extensively. Their two Nimbus Alliance discs of Shostakovich and Prokofiev and Schubert and Brahms were highly acclaimed on their release.
Last year Tim completed a four-year cycle of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas at the Crucible, Sheffield. He made his Wigmore Hall solo debut during the 2015–16 season.