Tim Blackmore – Recorder & Harpsichord 1973
Recorder player and harpsichordist Tim Blackmore has received praise in Canada and abroad as a musician of ‘undaunted enterprise, formidable technical powers and lyrical expressiveness’ (London Daily Telegraph). A graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire (Premier Prix, Piano), the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London (AGSM, Piano and Clarinet; Concert Diploma, Piano), he also possesses degrees in French Linguistics and in Education from the University of Toronto and the University of New Brunswick.
Tim Blackmore founded the La Tour Baroque Duo with internationally-renowned lutenist Michel Cardin in 2009. Since that time the Duo has performed throughout eastern Canada and in major centres such as Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris and New York. The Duo has released three CDs to critical acclaim in Canada, the USA and Europe and all three recordings were nominated for East Coast Music Awards. A fourth CD will be released in the autumn of 2015.
As the founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John and the Saint John Early Music Festival, Blackmore has acted as advisor on Baroque repertoire for Symphony New Brunswick, with whom he has toured as soloist.
My participation in the Festival was an important stepping-stone towards my career as a professional musician. It provided performing experience under pressure, and winning Star of the Festival opened doors to performing opportunities, such as my first tour as soloist with a professional orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony. Perhaps the greatest benefit the Festival can give to a participant is the confidence to continue working towards one’s goals.