About

Timothy Hopkins is a German/American cellist living in Germany.


Soloistic and chamber musical performances so far have brought him to Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, the Czech republic, Switzerland, and the USA. As a soloist he performed several times accompanied by the Göttinger Symphonieorchester, the MDR- Sinfonieorchester as well as the Castello Symphony Orchestra (Spain), and he is a prize winner in both national and international competitions. 


As a very passionate chamber musician he was invited twice to perform at the HARMOS chamber music festival in Portugal, once with the Lipsia String Quartet and again with the Max-Klinger-Piano Trio, with the latter also at the Rice University in Houston/Texas. Furthermore, he forms the Cello Duo Grancelli together with his colleague Moritz Klauk. 


He began his musical studies while he was still going to school as a pre-student in Münster and later on in Leipzig.  After his high school graduation, he completed his bachelor's degree with honors at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ in Leipzig, studying with Prof. Peter Bruns. At the moment, he is working on his master's program supervised by Prof. Troels Svane at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. 


He received additional insights through working with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Wen-Sinn Yang, Sergio Azzolini, Antoine Tamestit, Wolfgang Boettcher, Viviane Hagner, Norman Fischer, Antje Weithaas, Eberhardt Feltz, Heime Müller, and the members of the Quarteto Casals. 


A special interest for him lies in performing arrangements and transcriptions of pieces from other instrument’s literatures to the cello. Examples are his own arrangement of the Chaconne from the second violin Partita by Johann Sebastian Bach, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns, Scherzo-Tarentelle by Henryk Wieniawsky, as well as numerous transcriptions for different cello ensemble constellations.

Timothy Hopkins holds a scholarship of Villa Musica and from 2018 to 2020 he was a scholarship holder of the Kammerakademie Potsdam. He is also supported by Yehudi Menuhin „Live Music Now“ Leipzig e.V. Winning the competition of the SINFONIMA-foundation entitled him to play a cello by Nicolas Vuillaume from 1860 for a period of two years. 

Currently, he plays on a French cello from the late 19th century of an unknown maker.