Born in London in 1966 to South African parents, Tim began studying the piano at the age of 5. Educated at University College School, Hampstead, Tim read music at the Birmingham Conservatoire (where he specialised in both the piano and harpsichord), before completing his postgraduate studies at Sheffield University. Amongst his piano teachers were Malcolm Wilson (Head of Keyboard at Birmingham Conservatoire), Margaret Newman (former protégé and duo partner of the great Viennese pianist and teacher, Josef Weingarten, himself a former pupil of Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly) and, most recently, Philip Fowke, former head of keyboard at Trinity College of Music. Tim held teaching posts at both King’s School, Rochester, Kent and the American School inLondon, before setting up his private studio in Hampstead Garden Suburb, where he is much in demand as a private piano teacher.

Aside from his teaching, Tim is a respected music journalist, and his articles have appeared in many of the national papers, most notably the Guardian and the Independent. He is currently the agony uncle for Pianist magazine, where he writes a regular Q & A column on all aspects of piano playing.

Aside from his musical activities, Tim is a serious pastry chef, kick-boxer and gardener.