Tim was born in London in 1995 and began playing the cello at the age of seven, 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 und Theater 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, a piece written for him and his mother 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, Elgar’s Concerto with the Portobello Orchestra and of Schumann’s Concerto with the Enfield Chamber Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Tim regularly plays in various ensembles and has given recitals across Europe and Asia. He was the cellist of the Celan Quartet, who were Quartet in Residence at the 2014 Musikdorf Ernen Festival in Switzerland. The Quartet made their debut CD of Berg’s op 3, which they recorded at the Menuhin Hall. Tim has also recorded a CD of Kreisler’s String Quartet which was released in 2012. 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’), Cheltenham and Brighton festivals. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with musicians including Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Carla-Maria Rodriguez, Matthew Hunt, Esther Hoppe, Christoph Richter and members of the London Haydn Quartet, Meta4 and the Kungsbacka, 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.