Timothy Dean, whose family hails from West Cornwall, studied music at Reading University, and then piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He has been Chorus Master and Head of Music for Kent Opera, the first Music Director of British Youth Opera, conductor of the London Bach Society, Music Director of The Opera Company and Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master with the New D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, making company debuts for English National Opera and Scottish Opera.
In 1994 he was appointed Head of Opera at the RSAMD – now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – in Glasgow. Since moving to Scotland, he has also worked with the RSNO, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, The English Chamber Orchestra, The Paragon Ensemble and Haddo House Opera, as well as giving concerts with the Symphony Orchestras of both the Junior and Senior Academy, conducting over fifty new opera productions in Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was made a Fellow of the RSAMD in 2010.
From 2000 – 2006 he was Artistic Director of British Youth Opera, of which he is now a Vice-President and was Director of the RSNO Chorus from 2006-2014. He has also been recently involved in collaborative projects with the Conservatoire in Rostov-on-Don in Russia, conducting performances of Strauss’ ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ and Britten’s ‘Phaedra’ in 2009 and Prokofiev’s ‘War and Peace’ in 2010 which received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award nomination.
In 2013 he conducted ‘Cunning little Vixen’ for the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts and in 2014 was Artist-in residence at the Hochschule in Nuremberg. He is Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatoire’s ‘Song Studio’, giving performances with singers all over Scotland and is now director of ‘Royal Conservatoire Voices’, a new vocal ensemble created to perform early and contemporary repertoire which has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and appeared at the Edinburgh International and St Magnus Festivals. He conducted at the 2017 St Endellion Easter Festival and will be on the staff for the Oxenfoord International Summer School. He was and continues to be active as coach, accompanist, adjudicator and conductor and is now a Professor at the Conservatoire.