Timothy Brennan Steeves

Violinist Timothy Steeves is developing a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and advocate of contemporary music. Timothy made his solo debut in 2004 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has since performed with orchestras in both Canada and the United States in repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Corigliano. He has performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at the Salzburger Festspiele. He has also been a member of the Aspen, Banff, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestras and was co-concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra for two seasons. His chamber music collaborators have included Pierre Amoyal, Andrés Cárdenes, Steven Mackey, and Paul Schoenfeld.

Timothy was involved in the world-premiere recording of Darius Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle which recently received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Opera Recording. He is also a founding member of the new music ensemble Latitude 49, which is Ensemble in Residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Timothy is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, under the tutelage of Cho-Liang Lin.  He is originally from Strathmore, AB and is currently based in Houston, Texas.

1871 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin

This violin was made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of Paris, one of the best luthiers of his era. The volin bears the master's signature on the upper back as well as his number and brand stamp – markings that indicate the maker’s highest level of quality. The violin is in near mint condition and is an exact copy of the famed 1716 Antonio Stradivari, known as the “Messiah” or “Messie,” that Vuillaume brought out of Italy after the death of its owner, Luigi Tarisio, in 1854. More recently, in 2001, it was rescued from a devastating house fire in which the owner lost all other personal belongings.

  • Purchased by the Canada Council for the Arts (with funds from the Edith Davis Webb endowment)
  • Acquired: 2012
  • Value: $260,000.