Frank Timpe was born in Hannover (Germany) and studied classical saxophone at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, (The Netherlands) with Leo van Oostrom and bass clarinet with Harry Spaarnay. He graduated with distinction and was awarded the Kolfschoten Prize.
After graduating he became a core member of the Beau Hunks orchestra (on saxophone, clarinet and oboe), the Ebony band and performed regularly with the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra. His frequent appearances as a soloist in various orchestras include the Frankfurt Radio and Opera orchestras, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Theater Wiesbaden, Bavarian State Opera and Cologne WDR.
He has also performed at many festivals such as: Warsaw Autumn, North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland Festival, Schulhoff Festival, the Dutch Festival in Tokyo, Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music and the Endinburgh Festival.
From 2003 to 2005, Frank taught at the Academy of Music in Würzburg (Germany) and in 2004 he was appointed as professor of classical saxophone at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands) where he taught until 2015. Since 2017 he teaches at the Mainz School of Music (Hochschule für Musik Mainz). He has given Master Classes in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, England and Israel. From 2005 to 2008 he was jury member for the America-Israel Cultural Foundation' (AICF) in Tel Aviv.
Frank Timpe's interest in the historical development of the saxophone and bass clarinet informs both his teaching and lead to performances and recordings on these instruments.
As a studio musician he has recorded over 30 CDs with orchestras, chamber ensembles and jazz/pop bands.
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