Timothy Steeves

Timothy SteevesProfessor

B. Mus. (Western)
Diplom-Musiker (Hanover, Germany)
Künstlerische Reifeprüfung (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) Solistenexamen (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany)

Room: MU-2014


Canadian pianist Timothy Steeves is widely known as one half of Duo Concertante with his wife, violinist Nancy Dahn. Known for the passion, subtlety, and brilliance of their performances, Duo Concertante have worked together since 1997, developing the exceptionally unified voice that has repeatedly impressed audiences worldwide. Critics have described their playing as "grace and fire… fury and repose… a triumphant mass of non-stop energy" (WholeNote), “Splendid… a miracle of knowledge and poetry” (Gramophone),"spectacular" (American Record Guide) and have praised their "artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique" (La Scena Musicale). Of their 2016 Germany tour the Rheinische Post wrote: “Duo Concertante impresses with their technical brilliance, but their musicality is even more special.” Recipients of the Touring Performers Award (Contact East), Memorial University’s President’s Award for Outstanding Research, and ArtsNL Artists of the Year Award, Tim and Nancy were elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada in 2016 and were also bestowed University Research Professorships by Memorial University.

Tim recently released his debut solo CD of Haydn Sonatas on the Marquis Classics label. With Duo Concertante he has created ten acclaimed recordings on the ATMA, Marquis Classics, and Centrediscs labels. These include the complete Beethoven Sonatas and the J.S. Bach Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, which are frequently heard on CBC Radio and have received rave reviews from the international press. Of the Beethoven CD, John Terauds wrote, “these beautiful interpretations are so good right down to the tiniest of details that they deserve to be called a reference in the contemporary performance of these 10 great pieces." Their Bach recording won the 2017 ECMA Classical Recording of the Year, and their disc Wild Bird won a JUNO award for Murray Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano in 2011 (Classical Composition of the Year category).

With the Duo, Tim has commissioned over thirty new works for violin and piano from many of Canada’s leading composers, such as Chan Ka Nin, Kati Agócs, Andrew Staniland, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Alice Ho, Omar Daniel, Clark Ross, Andrew MacDonald, Murray Schafer, David Scott, Linda Bouchard, and Jean Lesage. Incarnation, there latest CD release, features works written especially for them by Jocelyn Morlock, Denis Gougeon, Alice Ho, Chan Ka Nin and Andrew Stanliand. CBC Radio picked it as one of the top ten recordings of 2017.

Tim maintains a busy touring schedule, with frequent performances across North America, as well as in Europe and China. With Duo Concertante he has appeared at Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), Old First Church (San Francisco), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal). As a concerto soloist he has appeared with numerous orchestras across Canada. He also performs at music festivals throughout North America, including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Indian River Festival, Colours of Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, Music Niagara, and the Huntsville Festival, and has served as artist-in-residence at the Guelph Spring Festival, the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, and Bishop’s University. For the past three summers he has served on the chamber music faculty at Domaine Forget.

A highly regarded teacher, Tim has given hundreds of master classes and workshops across Canada including at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, Mount Royal College, the Maritime Conservatory, the Glenn Gould Professional School and Western University. His commitment to working with young musicians gave rise to the annual Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, which he and Nancy founded in 2000 to bring together young chamber music performers with world-class artists and ensembles for an intensive two weeks of learning and performance. His students have gone on to further their training at many leading schools including the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, McGill University, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould Professional School, and the University of Montreal.

A native of Saskatoon, Tim studied at the University of Western Ontario and then in Germany at the music academies of Freiburg im Breisgau and Hannover. His teachers were Margaret Poole, Peter Simon, Tom Day, David Wilde, and Tibor Hazay. In addition to his busy career teaching and performing, Tim is also the proud father of children Clara and Sasha and enjoys astronomy and history.


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