Timothy Brock

Timothy Brock Timothy Brock is an active conductor and composer who specializes in concert works of the early 20th century and live performances of silent film. As a silent film score conductor and preservationist, his leading work includes the restoration of Shostakovich’s score to New Babylon (1929), Satie’s Dadaist score to Entr’acte (1924), and the famous George Antheil music for Ballet mécanique (1924). Since 1999 Mr. Brock has served as score preservationist for the Charles Chaplin family, and to this day is the foremost authority on the music of the actor/filmmaker, making 12 live-performance revised and critical editions of all Chaplin’s major films, including City Lights, Modern Times, The Gold Rush, The Kid, and The Circus. Mr. Brock began composing new scores for silent film at age 23 with G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (1929), and since then he has written almost 30 orchestral scores for a number of notable orchestras and institutions including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Cinémathèque Française, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cineteca di Bologna, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. For 2014 the Chaplin family commissioned him to write an original score for Kid Auto Races (1914), in celebration of the very first appearance of the “Gentleman Tramp” on its centennial. In 2016 Mr. Brock will conduct the world premiere of his long-awaited new score for Fritz Lang’s science-fiction epic, Frau im Mond (1929), commissioned by the Wiener Konzerthaus and premiered in Vienna with the Radio Symphonieorchester Wien. His concert works include three symphonies, three concertos, a cantata, two operas, and a number of individual orchestral pieces. Timothy Brock is a regular guest of major orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC Scottish Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Academia de Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.