Born in Toronto, Canada in 1997, Tim Beattie is currently studying under the tutelage of Johannes Möller at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, Tim studied on full scholarship in the pre-college school at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in the studio of maestro Robert Hamilton, and then completed a year of undergraduate studies with GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was the recipient of the 2016 Ablan Honors Award in Guitar.
Tim has won over 40 awards and prizes in competitions at municipal through international levels. Most notably garnering top prizes at the 2016 James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition (1st prize), 2016 Antwerpen Gitaar Festival Competition (2nd prize), 2016 Hamilton International Guitar Competition (3rd prize), 2014 Indiana International Guitar Competition (2nd prize, youth division), 2013 Montreal International Guitar Competition (1st prize, youth division). He was named the "Most Promising Youth" by the City of Barrie (his hometown) at the City's 2016 Arts Awards Ceremony, and was also the winner of the Barrie Music Festival's 2015 Rose Bowl Competition.
From 2011-2015, Tim was an active member of the Guitar Society of Toronto, and participant in the Society’s guitar orchestra. He has worked in a variety of other chamber music settings with guitar, violin, cello, harp, percussion, voice, and piano, for many of which he has transcribed, composed, or commissioned repertoire. Though his primary focus is on classical guitar, Tim has also studied various other genres including jazz, blues, rock, and percussive acoustic guitar. He has had the opportunity to play for world-renowned guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Benjamin Verdery, Marcin Dylla, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli, Rafael Aguirre, Francisco Bernier, Matthew McAllister, Tommy Emmanuel, Eli Kassner, Jeffrey Mcfadden, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Matt Palmer, Edel Munoz, Liona Boyd, Marko Feri, Stephen Aron, Patrick Kearney, Thibault Cauvin, among many others.
Tim has maintained an active performance schedule, playing regularly in settings ranging from local seniors' residences to live radio. He made his international debut as a featured performer at the 2014 Montréal International Guitar Festival. Highlights from this 2015-2016 concert season include performances for Chamber Music Orillia, the Toronto Guitar Weekend, Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival, and a live-televised performance at the Barrie Arts and Culture Awards.
Outside of music, Tim enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading philosophy and poetry, collecting vinyl records, staying active with a variety of sports, and volunteering at local seniors’ residences and church.