Timothy Orpen is the principal clarinettist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and soon takes up his post as RNSO Principal Clarinet. He is also a founder member and principal of the Aurora Orchestra. Prior to joining the Royal Opera Orchestra, Timothy spent 3 years as Principal Clarinet of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Timothy has performed and broadcast concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Aurora Orchestra, with conductors including Sir David Willcocks, Nicholas Collon and Barry Wordsworth.
As a chamber musician Timothy has performed across the Far East, USA, Australia and Europe with artists including Lars Vogt, Anthony Marwood, Melvyn Tan and Pascal Rogé. He has also collaborated with the Klezmer group She’koyokh and given many world premieres, including pieces written for him by Luke Styles, Graham Ross and Aaron Holloway-Nahum.
Timothy is a previous overall winner of the Royal Over-Seas League competition and has been featured many times as a soloist on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
After spending his early years in Australia he studied at the Royal Academy in London and the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany. In his spare time, he has climbed 6000-metre mountains in the Andes and Himalayas.