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Timothy Dawson

Double Bass

Timothy Dawson joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1980. At age 21, upon graduating from the University of Toronto, he became the youngest member of the TSO at that time.

He has played under TSO Music Directors Sir Andrew Davis, Gunter Herbig, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Peter Oundjian, and is now looking forward to working with Gustavo Gimeno.

Over the years, Timothy has been instrumental in starting several chamber music groups. BASStiality, or the Toronto Symphony Double Bass Quartet was an opportunity to have a lot of fun and explore many styles of music—classical, jazz, and pop. That group began with one concert and lasted for 15 hilarity-filled years. The Bach Consort represented the other side of Tim’s personality. This musician-organized group was a musical and philanthropic success. Every performance raised money for a different Toronto charity, thus its mantra, “Giving Bach to the Community”. The group performed with conductors such as Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Dame Jane Glover, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Harry Bicket. In addition to giving musicians and local audiences a chance to experience Bach’s profound music, the Bach Consort raised over $400,000 for local charities over a span of 20 years.

Currently, Timothy is the founder and music director of the Kingston Road Village Concert Series. This Series presents four exciting fundraising concerts per season at Kingston Road United Church.

Teaching is a big part of Timothy’s life. He is busy at the University of Toronto, and has just finished his almost 40-year tenure at National Music Camp of Canada. For 20 years, he was involved with the TSO Adopt-a-Player program, acting as its music director in its last three years. This innovative music program brought TSO musicians into the classroom where they guided young students into creating their own compositions.

Timothy lives with his wife Kim in The Beach, and together, they enjoy their active family life.