Tim Frederiksen is the third generation in a family of violists: he is the grandson of Gunnar Frederiksen and the son of Knud Frederiksen, violist in the old Danish String Quartet for many years. Tim Frederiksen has played violin and viola since childhood and studied with Gunnar Frederiksen, Erling Bloch in Copenhagen and Professor Max Rostal, Konservatorium für Musik, Switzerland.
In 1980 he was appointed Principal Viola in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and from 1983 to 1996 he was Leader of that prestigious orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with most Danish orchestras on both violin and viola. He has first performed and recorded many contemporary Danish pieces, a.o. Yngve Jan Trede’s Viola Concerto. He has recorded Vagn Holmboe’s chamber concertos for viola - the solo concerto (which was dedicated to his grand father) and the double concertos for violin/viola and oboe/viola.
Tim Frederiksen is a much sought-after chamber musician. As primarius in the Danish String Quartet he has given a great many recitals all over Europe and has recorded the collected string quartets by Brahms, Ib Nørholm, Carl Nielsen and Paul Hindemith - this last recording has been awarded with Deutsche Schallplatten Preis 1997.
He has founded Trio Soleil with Elisabeth Westenholz (piano) and Niels Thomsen (clarinet), a trio which has released a CD with works by Mozart, Schumann and Bruch.
In 1995 Tim Frederiksen was appointed Professor of viola and chamber music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
In his capacity as Head of Chamber Music Tim Frederiksen coaches award winning Danish ensembles, like
- Trio Ondine, 1st prize winners in Broadwood Piano Trio Competition, The Parkhouse Award in London, The Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, The Chamber Music Competition of the Danish Radio and the ARD Competition in Munich, where the trio also received the audience prize. The Melbourne International Chambermusic Competition rewarded Trio Ondine with the 2nd prize as well as the Audience Prize.
- Paizo Quartet, 1st prize winner in the 1st Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2000, 1st prize winner in Melbourne 2003
- Jalina Piano Trio, 2nd prize winner in the 1st Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2000, 1st prize winner in Trapani, 2nd prize in Osaka Chamber Music Competition 2002
- The Danish String Quartet 1st prize winners in The Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Chamber Music Competition, 2004, the Vagn Holmboe String Quartet Competition 2004, The Charles Hennen International Chambermusic Competition in Holland 2004, Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 2005, London International String Quartet Competition, 2009, in which the quartet also recieved prizes for Best Performance of Compulsory Piece, Best Performance of piece after 1915 and the Menton Prize.
- Ismena Piano Trio, Prize Winner Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 2008, 1st prize winner of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Chamber Music Competition 2009
- The Nightinggale String Quartet, prize winner in The Charles Hennen International Chambermusic Competition in Holland 2010, 2nd prize winner of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Chamber Music Competition 2009.
Tim Frederiksen is highly in demand as a teacher at international and national master classes and is often invited as jury member in international music competitions, a.o the Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.