Timothy Myers is one of America’s most versatile conductors, engaging collaborators, and innovative purveyors of ideas. Internationally acclaimed for his eloquence, energy, and command, Myers is driven by unbridled curiosity, which most recently spurred the creation of a podcast named Listening on Purpose. A frequent collaborator with leading opera companies and orchestras, his work spans a wide range of projects and repertoire.
Myers serves as the Sarah and Ernest Butler Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor at Austin Opera where, in addition to leading performances, he participates in the artistic strategy and development of the Company, including innovative projects such as the All-Star Concert (a national PBS special filmed and released during Covid), a new production of Puccini’s Tosca at the Circuit of the Americas (America’s only Formula One track), a film of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s opera Vinkensport in co-production with Houston Grand Opera, and Beethoven in VR: Fidelio, a virtual reality collaboration with Washington National Opera.
Myers’ activity in the 2021-2022 season includes subscription weeks with the North Carolina Symphony and the Sacramento Philharmonic, new productions of Mason Bates’ and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and Beethoven’s Fidelio at Austin Opera, a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the gala opening of the Brockman Hall for Opera at Rice University, an appearance as a speaker on innovation at the SXSW Festival, and a lecture for the OLLI SAGE series at the University of Texas at Austin. In April 2022, Myers launches a podcast, Listening on Purpose, an exploration of listening through the lens of notable guests including neuroscientist Dr. Nina Kraus and top TEDx contributor Julian Treasure.
Myers’ robust opera engagements have included venerable institutions such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the Wexford Festival, with hallmark repertoire ranging from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde to John Adams’ Doctor Atomic. He has led multiple world premiere performances and guided repertoire development projects for the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, Houston Grand Opera, and Minnesota Opera.
As an orchestral conductor, Myers has collaborated internationally including the American, Beijing NCPA, Chautauqua, Jerusalem, Milwaukee, North Carolina, Portland, Toledo, Tulsa, and Winston-Salem Symphony orchestras as well as the Brooklyn, Johannesburg, and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras, with a broad range of repertoire including Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, R. Strauss, Gershwin, Ives, Pärt, Higdon, and Mazzoli.
Myers champions the next generation of conductors, instrumentalists, and composers of today and has led performances and given masterclasses at leading educational institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Rice University, and Florida State University. He is a faculty member and artistic advisor for the Valissima Institute, a conducting intensive developed exclusively for female pre-college instrumentalists.
A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Myers is a graduate of Southwestern College (KS), Florida State University, and in 2021 completed the Program for Leadership Development (Executive MBA) at Harvard Business School, with special studies in Disruptive Innovation, Strategy, and the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports. He was named as a voting member to the Recording Academy Class of 2021 by a committee of industry peers and resides with his family in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he serves on the board of CAM, Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum.