In 2018, Tim Posner became the first ever British prizewinner at the International Karl Davidov Competition in Latvia. Born in 1995, he began playing the cello at the age of eight, studying with his mother, Julia Desbruslais. He studied at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music with Robert Max and is currently a pupil of Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover.
Tim made his debut concerto performance at the age of 14, and the following year he gave the world premiere of Via Crucis by William McVicker. Later that year he performed Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations at Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was chosen to perform in a London Cello Society event, alongside eminent soloists. Recently he has given performances of Handel's Trio Sonata with the London Mozart Players , CPE Bach's A major concerto and Sollima's 'Violoncelles Vibrez!' with the Crendon Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's C major concerto at the Oxford Arts Festival, and of Elgar, Schumann and Saint-Säens concertos in London.
As a chamber musician, Tim regularly plays in various ensembles and has given recitals across Europe and Asia. Tim was a member of the Celan Quartet alongside Mathilde Milwidsky, Tim Crawford and Timothy Ridout and in 2014 they were Quartet in Residence at the Musikdorf Ernen Festival in Switzerland. His discography includes CDs of Berg op 3 and Kreisler’s String Quartet. He has performed at numerous international chamber music festivals including Wye Valley, Lewes, Peasmarsh, Frinton, Musikdorf Ernen, Joroisten Musiikkipaivat (Finland), Musique a Marsac, Buxtehude, Roman River, Mozart and Baroque Festival Cadiz (as a member of the 'Soloists of London'), Schubertiaden Schnackenburg, Cheltenham and Brighton festivals. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with musicians including Alasdair Beatson, Ewa Kupiec, Matthew Hunt, Esther Hoppe, Christoph Richter and members of the London Haydn Quartet, Meta4 and the Kungsbacka, Leopold, Florestan and Barbican Trios.
Tim was recently awarded the very prestigious Gundlach Musikpreis and will be generously supported by the Gundlach Stiftung for the next two years.