Program Biography

With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. He was seen on screen and heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the hit film Black Swan, and gives "voice" to the violin of the lead character in the new hit film 12 Years a Slave, as he did with Richard Gere's violin in the film "Bee Season."

Recipient of the Young Concert Artists International Award, he made his debuts with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony, with Marin Alsop conducting, and appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Hague and Mexico City Philharmonic, Maryland and Cincinnati Chamber Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center among others. Equally at home in virtually all genres of music, he is a fervent champion of 20th and 21st century composers with a repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Corigliano. His recitals have taken him to the Ravinia Festival, Kennedy Center, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Boston's Gardner Museum, Mexico's Festival de Musica de Camera, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, California's Carmel Mozart Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y. Portals has toured throughout the world including to New York City's Symphony Space, Santa Monica's Broad Stage, Australia's Melbourne Festival and beyond.

He has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Goode, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mitsuko Uchida, has appeared with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and appeared onstage with the New York City Ballet, performing alongside the dancers in the acclaimed premiere of Benjamin Millepied's Double Aria. He has also worked with jazz pianists Billy Childs and Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus), guitarist Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), and appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20). A sought-after chamber musician, he has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, appeared with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed at the Spoleto, Ravinia, and Santa Fe Festivals and continues to tour internationally in a duo-recital program with Philip Glass.

Fain's debut CD, Arches, combines old and new solo works, his disc of American short works, River of Light, was released on Naxos, and The Concerto Project IV with the Hague Philharmonic was recently released on Orange Mountain Music. Tim Fain performs on a violin made by Franceso Gobetti, Venice 1717, the "Moller" on extended loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.