Timothy Brock (b.1963, Ohio, USA) is an active conductor and composer who specializes in concert works of the early 20th century and live performances of silent film. In the course of his conducting career, he has performed extensive and diverse programs including 30 world and North American premieres of new or lost works by a wide array of composers. Such programs included the first American concert performances of Hanns Eisler’s Kleine Sinfonie, Niemandslied, Kuhle Wampe and Erwin Schulhoff’s Symphony No. 2. He restored the original manuscript of New Babylon by Dmitri Shostakovich, and conducted its world premiere. He also conducted the world premiere of Nocturne, written by David Raksin in 1946.
Brock’s career in silent film began in 1986 at age 23, when he was commissioned to compose his first full-length orchestral score to the GW Pabst film, Pandora’s Box, starring Louise Brooks. Subsequently he has been commissioned for films including Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Berner Symphonie-Orchester); Keaton’s The General (Orchestre National de Lyon); Ernst Lubistch’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, (Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna); Lubistch’s Feu Mathias Pascal (Cineteca di Bologna/Cinémathèque Française); and Keaton’s The Cameraman and Sherlock Jr. (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra).
In June 2010, Brock conducted the world premiere of his new score to John Ford’s epic western 3 Bad Men with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in October 2010, Brock conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Neil Brand’s score to Hitchcock’s Blackmail.
In April 2011, Brock premieres his new score to Keaton’s Cops in Vienna, commissioned by the Wiener Konzerthaus. He also conducts the world premiere of the new Brand score, Underground, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2011, and leads a performance of his restored Chaplin score, The Gold Rush, at New York’s Lincoln Center in October 2011.
Of his original silent film score restorations, Brock is most widely known as the foremost authority in the music of Charles Chaplin, having restored nearly all of Chaplin’s scores for the Chaplin estate since 1998, including Modern Times, City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Circus, A Woman of Paris, The Pilgrim, Shoulder Arms, A Dog’s Life, and the short features Pay Day, Sunnyside and A Day’s Pleasure.
Brock has conducted nearly 300 performances of Chaplin films on four continents and in over 20 countries. He has made several recordings of Chaplin scores, including the complete Modern Times with the Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, and the complete The Gold Rush and A Woman of Paris with Orchestra Città Aperta. Brock conducts the complete cycle of Chaplin feature films in Berlin at the Kino-Babylon July 15-August 7, 2011.
Timothy Brock makes his home in Bologna, Italy, and is managed exclusively by MaMusic in Florence and Catherine Le Bris in Paris.