Born in Kansas, Timothy Jones performed with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for five years. He holds degrees in music education and violin performance, having received his doctorate in performance with Dr. Fredi Gerling at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. As a teacher, Jones works continuously with students of all ages. In both the United States and Brazil, he was involved with social projects providing music education to youth in rural communities. In Brazil, Jones assisted in the instruction of string courses at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and gave various masterclasses and recitals in suburban areas.
As a performer, Jones has been continually active in chamber music. Notable projects include the Broadview Experimental Improvisation Ensemble, a group of six musicians which performed new music and live improvisations in unorthodox venues, as well as a production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldatwith actors performing the little-known alternate script by Kurt Vonnegut. Recently, Dr. Jones joined professors from the United States and Brazil in performances of Mozart’s String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor K. 516 and Shostakovich’s Quintet Op. 57. As a recitalist, he performed several works in recent years which had rarely or never been brought to the stage in southern Brazil, including Szymanowski’s complete Mythes Op. 30 (1915) and Thomas’s Pulsar (for solo violin) (2003).
Orchestrally, Jones has performed as both soloist and concertmaster. In addition to his position as Principal Violin II of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, in 2017 he will serve as Guest Concertmaster of the Newport Symphony Orchestra (Oregon). When not playing or teaching, Dr. Jones enjoys hiking and camping, and devotes himself to the study of vigesimal mathematics and postmodern Mayan cosmology.