Timothy Calnin has held senior positions with leading musical and artistic organisations in Australia, Europe and Asia. In the United Kingdom, Timothy was General Manager of The Academy of Ancient Music in London and Concerts Director of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland before returning to Australia to manage the young artists, conductor development and composer commissioning programmes for all six symphony orchestras within the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Timothy became Director of Artistic Planning at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, working with Artistic Director Edo de Waart on numerous major projects (including Wagner’s Ring Cycle in concert, a major US tour, two Beethoven Festivals and a Sibelius Festival with Vladimir Ashkenazy).
In 2003, Timothy moved to Hong Kong to become Artistic Consultant of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra before being appointed Chief Executive in 2005. During his six years in Hong Kong, Timothy expanded the Orchestra’s education, professional development and community engagement programmes, broadened its sponsorship and philanthropy programmes and took the Orchestra on frequent tours to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Timothy returned to Australia in 2010 to become General Manager of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. With the ACO, Timothy expanded the Orchestra’s international touring programme to include residencies (most notably in London and Hong Kong) and major international festivals (Edinburgh; Tanglewood; Menuhin Festival, Gstaad), and increased the ACO’s national reach through the growth of its second Orchestra, ACO Collective and the creation of ACO VIRTUAL, an interactive, digital installation of the Orchestra. His focus on the ACO’s instrument collection brought six historically significant instruments to the Orchestra, all of which are made available to the musicians by private benefactors.
In November 2015, Timothy took up the newly created position of Director of Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera House with overall responsibility for the Opera House’s presentations and public programmes, its relations with the Resident Companies, and all productions and events. In mid-April 2017, Timothy was appointed as Director of CPS of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, trading as Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage and Arts to oversee and lead the management and operations of Tai Kwun at the Central Police Station compound.
In April 2020, Timothy became Director of Tai Kwun Arts, a new subsidiary company of Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, which has been formed to curate and produce Tai Kwun’s annual program of exhibitions, performances, talks, events and festivals.