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Tim White is a percussionist and educator based in Perth, Australia.

Tim is the Co-ordinator of Classical Music at WAAPA, where he has led the percussion programme since 1994, co-ordinates all of WAAPA's classical ensembles, and directs the award-winning 'Defying Gravity' percussion ensemble.

Tim has played more than 3,000 concerts with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - where he was Principal Percussionist for 28 years – and has performed with all ten of Australia's professional symphony and theatre orchestras. He's also been Principal Percussionist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and spent a year guesting with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As a concerto soloist, Tim performed the Australian and German premieres of Per Norgard's 'Percussion Concerto' as well as the WA premieres of percussion concertos by Richard Mills, Paul Creston and Darius Milhaud. He's also performed as a soloist for the Perth International Arts Festival.

Tim was born in Canberra and grew up on Christmas Island. As a teenager he fell in love with The Beatles, got hooked on classical music and took up percussion, studying in Sydney, Denmark, Germany and the USA. He holds two Masters degrees in music performance, won a Churchill Fellowship in 1999, directed the 'Rhythms of Life' percussion festival for the Australian National Academy of Music in 2003, and was Musical Director of the Australian Youth Orchestra's 2010 National Music Camp. In 2014 Tim won ECU's 'Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching', and in 2015 the federal Education Minister presented him with the 'Australian Award for Teaching Excellence'.

Tim has performed with Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, James Galway, Sumi Jo, Midori, Bryn Terfel, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ben Folds, Tim Minchin, Jon Lord, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, John Farnham, Gary Burton and Chick Corea.

Tim's passion is the transformative power of music: exploring how its energy and joy can reach out to nurture imaginations, touch souls, enrich lives and transform communities.

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Tim White was born in Canberra and grew up on Christmas Island. As a teenager he fell in love with The Beatles, got hooked on classical music and took up percussion, studying in Sydney, Denmark, Germany and the USA.

Tim is the Co-ordinator of Classical Music and Senior Lecturer in Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University. He has led the percussion teaching programme at WAAPA since 1994, directs the award-winning ‘Defying Gravity’ percussion ensemble, lectures in the Art of Performance, co-ordinates all of WAAPA’s classical ensembles, and supervises postgraduate research students.

Tim was Principal Percussionist of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for 28 years, before moving fulltime to WAAPA in 2013. He was also Principal Percussionist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 1984/85, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Tim has toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra, toured Germany as a soloist with the Hofer Symphoniker, performed solo for the Festival of Perth, and presented numerous percussion concerti as a soloist with the WASO and TSO. He presented the German and Australian premieres of Per Norgard’s ‘Percussion Concerto’ as well as the WA premieres of concertos by Richard Mills, Paul Creston and Darius Milhaud.

Tim holds two Masters degrees in music performance, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1999, and won a German Government DAAD Scholarship in 1991-93. He tutors regularly for the Australian Youth Orchestra and was Musical Director of the AYO’s 2010 National Music Camp. Tim is a guest tutor for the Australian National Academy of Music, and directed ANAM’s ‘Rhythms of Life’ percussion festival in 2003.

Tim has performed with many of the world’s leading artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Ray Charles, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, James Galway, Sumi Jo, Midori, Bryn Terfel, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Ben Folds, Chick Corea, Tim Minchin, Jon Lord, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and John Farnham.

Tim’s passion is the transformative power of music: exploring how its beauty and joy can reach out to touch souls, nurture imaginations, enrich lives and transform communities.

In 2014 Tim won ECU’s 'Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching', and in 2015 he won the Australian Awards for University Teaching’s 'Award for Teaching Excellence'.

DEFYING GRAVITY

WAAPA’s award-winning Defying Gravity percussion ensemble creates a new world of sound - where sparkling rhythms and seductive melodies mix with an astonishing array of percussion instruments from around the globe. Defying Gravity tours nationally and internationally, commissions and performs new music, records and broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, and sells out all of its major series concerts in WA. It’s one of Australia's longest-established and most active new music ensembles. Directed by Tim White, Defying Gravity’s performances combine exotic timbres with melodic beauty and the overwhelming power of rhythm - plus all the fun of 'Stomp'!

PRESS REVIEWS

"Defying Gravity... played to an often wildly enthusiastic, capacity audience... Throughout the evening, I have rarely heard audience responses that were so wild – and entirely justified. This program was presented at a level that left one in no doubt that WA’s young percussionists can drum up a storm to equal anything of a similar kind anywhere across Australia. And much of this is due to the untiring efforts of Tim White, who heads WAAPA’s percussion department and, as Principal Percussionist of the WASO, leads by example." - Neville Cohn, The West Australian

"Magic is exactly what this group performs. They’re not just artists, they’re sorcerers-extraordinaire!" - Steve Spain, Harambee Magazine

"Dramatic, uncompromising and brutal... quite riveting... White's performance was a tour de force. His ovation was thoroughly deserved." - Neville Cohn, The Australian

"A percussion solo by Tim White erupted into an avalanching flow of thundering power. Absolutely breathtaking stuff." Lynn Fisher, The West Australian

"Tim White, the WASO's percussionist, played concertos on marimba and xylophone with a fire and confidence that proved him a fine soloist." - Barbara Yates Rothwell, The West Australian

"With a flourish of mallets, two of the most supple and educated wrists in the business and a feat of memory that would awe an elephant, Tim White was star of the evening at the WA Symphony Orchestra's Encounter concert. White was in frankly stunning form in an all-too-rare appearance as soloist with the orchestra. By even the most rigorous critical standards, White's account of Richard Mills' Soundscapes must be considered a tour de force, a performance as fascinating to watch as to hear... For those whose notion of percussion is beating the hell out of an assortment of drums, White's performance was revelatory. While he can build up thunderous climaxes on bongos, tomtoms, side drums and congas, he is also capable of the most subtle, ear-caressing effects. The fragile, tinsel-delicate sound which White stroked from the triangle to bring the first movement to a gentle end was a delight, as if blown away by a puff of wind. There were, too, shimmering webs of sound coaxed from the vibraphone; this was artistry of the highest order, and all the more effective for being set off by thunderous forays into very much more aggressive sound territory, pages at which White charged with the abandon of a buccaneer." - Neville Cohn, The West Australian

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Defying Gravity, directed by Tim White, performing the world premiere of Kaboom Percussion’s Moto Moto in 2014

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Defying Gravity, directed by Tim White, performing at WAAPA in September 2016



Tim White