Timothy Long is a Native American musician of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw descent from the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town. He has been praised by critics for his “sharp conducting” (Washington Post), and his orchestras have triumphed with displays of “breadth, depth and color” (Riverfront Times) and “brilliant playing” (Rocky Mountain News).
Recent seasons have encompassed performances in both the United States and Europe and have highlighted Mr. Long’s diversity as a conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, speaker and educator. He made a highly successful debut at Utah Symphony and Opera conducting Die Zauberflöte. In the same year he made a debut at the Moab Music Festival as both a pianist and narrator for a program focusing on Native American issues. Performances for Stony Brook Opera have included Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Hansel and Gretel. Along with famed violinist Gil Shaham and the Sejong Soloists he toured Germany, Luxembourg and France as harpsichordist for Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons while other recital performances have included concerts in New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Oklahoma.
Previous engagements have included performances with Opera Colorado, The Companion Star Ensemble, the Oregon Bach Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, The Juilliard School, the Maryland Opera Studio, Boston Lyric Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Théâtre Municipal de Castres in France, Long Beach Opera, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He was music director, pianist and conductor for The Music Teacher, an off-Broadway play/opera by Wallace Shawn and Allen Shawn for The New Group, which ran at New York City’s famed Minetta Lane Theater. Bridge Records released a recording of this highly unique show with Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn in the leading roles.
Trained as a pianist, Tim’s performances have been described as “dramatic, fiery” and “dazzlingly forceful” (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). He has performed throughout the world at venues such as the Caramoor Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and an appearance on NBC’s Today Show with Salvatore Licitra.
Tim is currently an Associate Professor at SUNY-Stony Brook and Artistic Director of Voices of Hope. His former posts include Associate Conductor at the New York City Opera and Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and the Eastman School of Music.