Colin Tilney


Born: October 31, 1933; London, England  
Colin Tilney is an English early music keyboard player, an unusually active survivor of the first generation of musicians who brought the idea of historically informed performance to the general concertgoer's consciousness. Tilney's repertoire stretches from the sixteenth century to the late eighteenth, and he has played the fortepiano, the virginal, and even an occasional continuo organ in addition to his main instrument, the harpsichord. Read more Further, he has often attempted to match specific instruments with appropriate repertoire. Born in London, Tilney studied music and languages at Cambridge and then sought out harpsichord lessons with several teachers, Gustav Leonhardt among them. He began performing and recording, at first mostly in ensembles devoted to English music, in the early 1960s. His U.S. debut came in 1971. From 1979, Tilney taught at the University of Toronto and at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, during which time he edited several printed collections of specialized Baroque repertoire, including The Art of the Unmeasured Prelude (1991). He has made an acclaimed recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and has recorded the complete keyboard works of Matthew Locke. A good example of Tilney's work on disc is the 1996 album Scarlatti High and Low, which presented Domenico Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas that lay at the extremes of the instrument's range. Here and elsewhere, Tilney not only presents unusual music engagingly, but also embodies expertise on the historical development of keyboard instruments. His interests also extend to contemporary music, and he has commissioned works for harpsichord from various Canadian composers and from the British quasi-serialist Elisabeth Lutyens. In 2002, Tilney relocated to Victoria, British Columbia, where he teaches as an adjunct professor of harpsichord performance at the University of Victoria and serves as the resident harpsichordist for the Victoria Symphony. Read less
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  • 26.
    Musica Dolce / Julianne Baird, Colin Tilney
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90123 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigismondo D'India,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Andrea Cima,  Barbara Strozzi  ... 
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Colin Tilney
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    Songs Of Love And War / Baird, Tilney, Lutzke
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90104 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Colin Tilney,  Julianne Baird,  Myron Lutzke
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    Songs Of Mozart / Julianne Baird, Colin Tilney
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90173 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Colin Tilney
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    Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Stravinsky, Royal Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46299 Release Date: 08/24/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Judith Raskin,  John Reardon,  Regina Sarfaty,  Jane Manning  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus
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    Scarlatti: Sonatas / Colin Tilney
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90103 Release Date: 08/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Etc / John Williams
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48168 Release Date: 06/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Mauro Giuliani,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Colin Tilney,  John Williams
    Conductor:  John Williams,  Sir Charles Groves,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members
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