Timothy Archbold

Cello Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Timothy Archbold was raised in Regional Australia in the small town of Castlemaine, Central Victoria. He graduated from the Castlemaine Secondary College in 1998 having studied with Anna Daniel and Megon Smithies.  In 2002, he received a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours from the University of Melbourne, under the guidence of Nelson Cooke and Phillip Green.  In December 2007, Timothy completed his studies at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany where he studied with Professor Alexander Baillie.  During his time in Germany, Timothy also studied at the Hannover Hochschule for Music and Theater under Hatto Beyele and the Karol Szymanowski Quartet studying Chamber music with the Aquila Quartet.  He has recently completed his Masters Degree at Wichita State University, playing with the Bloomfield String Quartet and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and moved to the Chicago area where he is teaching and free-lancing with several orchestras.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Nelson Cooke, Alexander Baillie and Hatto Beyerle

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I love to teach people of all ages to enjoy making a wonderful sound on their cello. I focus on releasing tension, having a functional technique and encouraging joy in making music. My students like having fun in lessons but are always challenged to understand why they are doing it and practice hard to make beautiful music.

Awards and achievements: 

Timothy was a teacher of strings and assistant conductor of the orchestra at Girton Grammar school in Bendigo, Victoria 1999-2003.  He has been a principal cellist of the Australian National Music Camp Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Geminiani Orchestra (Melbourne), the Melbourne University Orchestra, the Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra, the Bremen Hochschule Orchestra, the Launders Bremen Jungen Orchestra; and has played with Australian Youth Orchestra, the Oldenburg City Orchestra in Germany, Orchestra Victoria, and has participated in professional development with Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. His ensemble work includes performing with the Orenda Ensemble; he also is a founding member of the Berkeley Ensemble, both based in Melbourne. 

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Timothy has appeared as soloist with several Victorian groups, performed many solo recitals throughout Victoria, and won numerous awards and Eisteddfods. He is the assistant principal of the  Northwest Indian and Peoria Symphony Orchestra and is in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He is on the teaching faculty at Bradley University, Peoria.  Tim and his wife Karen play and perform together in the Duo Striata.  They are available for weddings, concerts, and other special events.

Interests outside of music: 

Cricket, squash and crossfit

Favorite quote: 

“To play without passion is inexcusable!” – Beethoven

Favorite practice tip: 

Always make a good sound

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Elgar cello concerto

Favorite musical moment: 

Seeing Berlin philharmonic play Mahler 5 in Berlin