Timothy Mallis is a Melbourne-based, multi-disciplinary musician specialising in composition and piano accompaniment. Timothy is a passionate advocate for bringing new Australian compositions to life.
As a composer and graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Timothy has written for some of Australia’s finest choral and instrumental ensembles and is frequently commissioned for works by local artists. His music has graced the stages of the Melbourne Recital Centre and Melba Hall, and has cultivated a digital presence with more than 70,000 views on his YouTube channel. He has maintained a partnership with Melbourne-based composer Juliana Kay to create music for the award-nominated Stories from the Choir as well as educational music for Australian children’s choirs.
His most recent compositions have seen performances from the Australian Boys Choir and University of Melbourne ensembles. He is frequently employed for typesetting and transcription services and has developed a reputation as an arranger of music for choirs. This has included a recent major project for Martin Wesley-Smith’s Who Killed Cock Robin? for the National Youth Choir of Australia.
As a pianist, Timothy is in high demand across Melbourne. 2018 saw Timothy become a member of Young Songmakers Australia led by Andrea Katz with performances in the 37th National Liederfest and the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song. After masterclasses in Melbourne with accompanist Graham Johnson and bass-baritone Stephen Varcoe, Timothy was invited by the Lieder Society of Victoria to study at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien. While in Austria, Timothy worked closely with specialists in German art song including Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, and Helmut Deutsch.
Timothy is a highly sought-after conductor and organist and currently holds the position of Director of Music at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Burnley and St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Richmond. Part of his commitment to Australian choral music is his long-standing membership of Melbourne’s leading male vocal ensemble The Vocal Consort.
A varied career and a versatile performing style have led to several artistic collaborations. This has included Melbourne-based cabaret artists including Luke Belle (Butterfly Club: Can You Handle This?) and Beth Paterson (MUST Cabaret Festival: Not Your Average Love Song).
As well as being an active performer, Timothy is committed to educating the next generation of musicians. As part of his ongoing relationship with the Australian Boys Choir since 2003, Timothy holds the position of Teacher-in-Charge of Tyros and teaches with Kodaly-inspired educator Nicholas Dinopoulos. He has toured to Austria, Germany, Czechia, and Hungary as Assistant Music Director, and as an accompanist domestically.
Timothy teaches privately from his Melbourne-based studio. As well as piano performance, he has an intimate knowledge with the most recent AMEB, VCE, and Melbourne University curricula. His students have achieved outstanding results in all fields.
Since 2014, Timothy has been employed by Victorian Opera and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as Surtitle Operator. Working closely with repetiteurs, he has collaborated with international and Australian directors including Sarah Giles on the 2019 Green Room Award-nominated opera Lorelei.