Timothy Deighton

Timothy Deighton

A native of New Zealand, Timothy Deighton received a bachelor of music and first class honours degree from Victoria University of Wellington, an artist diploma from the Hartt School of Music, and a doctor of musical arts degree in viola and violin from the University of Kansas.

Timothy Deighton is Professor of Viola at Penn State University where he teaches viola, viola literature and pedagogy, orchestral excerpt classes, chamber music, and directs the Penn State Viola Ensemble. Having long held a fascination for new music, he has commissioned and performed the premieres of more than fifty works for viola, including many composed for his viola and saxophone duo « The Irrelevants ».  Their CD entitled Dialogues features some of this music.  His solo CD Viola « Aotearoa », featuring music for viola by New Zealand composers, appears on the Atoll label, and his playing on this disc was described in The Strad as “brilliant and differentiated.” He directed Penn State’s ViolaFest, a three-day event involving more than 200 violists from across North America and abroad, and has received several teaching awards. He serves on the boards of both the American Viola Society and the New York Viola Society. His articles have appeared in many national and international music periodicals. He has 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, the New Zealand String Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with musicians outside the traditional classical field, such as the traditional Mäori musical instrumentalist (Taongo Puoro) Richard Nunns.  His performances have been heard on U.S., European, and Australasian radio.

During the summers he serves on the faculty of the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg. He played many festivals in the United State, Europe and Australa