Timothy Higgins was appointed to the position of Principal Trombone of the San Francisco Symphony by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2008. He was previously the acting Second Trombonist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Washington National Opera, and many more. In tandem with a busy orchestra career, Higgins is a sought-after composer and arranger. He was the sole arranger of the National Brass Ensemble’s Gabrieli recording. In November 2021, he composed and premiered as soloist his Concerto for Trombone with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. Additional arrangements and compositions have been programmed by orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony. His compositions have been commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, American Brass Quintet, international tuba soloist Sergio Carolino, and more. He was the composer in residence at Music Academy of the West in 2018, debuting a piece for chamber ensemble and voice featuring Deborah Voigt. His arrangements and original compositions are available through his publishing company, 415Music, established in 2014. As a teacher, Higgins is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University, and has been a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival since 2018. He has led masterclasses in Australia, China, Canada, Japan, and North America, including classes at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, the New World Symphony, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music, and more. In 2013, Higgins released his solo CD, Stage Left. Recent albums include two self-produced recordings from 2020 in his Underground series. This is his first appearance at PMF.

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