Performance Career

Artsmentor, Jill Timmons

Jill Timmons

Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo pianist and ensemble artist, combining concert and recording projects with work as an international performing arts consultant. Offering performances and teaching on three continents, she has appeared in such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C., the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the American Embassy in Hamburg, the Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, and college and universities throughout the U. S. Timmons has toured throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile and has performed under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts along with National Public Radio. Committed to American composers, her discography also includes: The Complete Piano Works of William Bergsma (Laurel Records-1993), Chamber Music of Dexter Morrill (Capstone Records-1997) and The Violin/Viola-Piano Music of Amy Beach (Centaur Records-1997) both with Laura Klugherz and, and with Judith Cohen, In Tandem, Music for Two Pianos and In Tandem Two (Capstone Records 2003 and 2007). Ken Burns chose music from the Amy Beach recording for the soundtrack to his PBS documentary, The War. As a frequent guest artist, Timmons has performed in such summer festivals as Tanglewood, Chenango Musikfest in New York, the Olympic Music Festival, Festillésime and Festival Mozart in France. In France, she has been artistic director for Musique à Beaumont, and works regularly as a member artist through Perspectives Musicales in Paris.

As an award-winning author, Timmons has written for the American Music Teacher, Clavier Magazine, the Jewish Review, College Music Society, Carpe Diem Books, The Oregon Musician, among others. In 1998, she received the Wilk International Literary Prize from University of Southern California with co-author Sylvain Frémaux for groundbreaking research on the Polish composer, Alexandre Tansman. This memoir, Alexandre Tansman: Diary of a Twentieth-Century Composer, is published online by University of Southern California. Her most recent publication is with Oxford University Press: The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan. This career guidebook prepares musicians for a thriving career in today’s global marketplace. 

Timmons holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington and the Master of Music degree from Boston University. She is professor emerita at Linfield College. 


“She is a sensitive musician…Her playing is graceful, lyrical, detailed and intimate.” Tim Page, The New York Times

“Timmons soars with the eagles. She plays with vitality and élan.” Fanfare Magazine

“In Timmons’ hands, all the colors Liszt splashed through his piano writing were there in full rainbow strength.” The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon

“Exceptional brilliance. Sensitive and convincingly clear in her musical statement.” Neue Tiroler Zeitung, Innsbruck, Austria

“The decisiveness of the bow and vitality of the keyboard were memorable. The performers made a grand display of technique and wonderful sound.” El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile

“Timmons’ virtuosity and emotion give her performance a special quality. Quality, not incidentally, is the keynote of a Timmons’ performance.” The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, Arizona

“These artists (Timmons and Cohen) convey the joy and beauty of the music with accuracy and vigor, if not the last degree of spit-and-polish precision.” Fanfare Magazine

“There was great sensitivity and elegance in their interpretation of some of the well-known standards for two pianos. Both artists played with complicity and subtlety in their glances and their touch, giving the impression of a duo with a long career behind them. One of the highlights was their superb rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Variations on a Theme by Beethoven. La Nouvelle République, Cour-Cheverny, France