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 Born and raised in a musical family, Greek cellist Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin leads an unwavering artistic path that aims to provoke powerfully stirring illusions through his music making. He gained international recognition as a finalist and 4th prize winner at the prestigious International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland, where he was praised for "a great and passionate soloist style: expressive, vibrant singing lines, sparkling rhythm", "an interesting, original personality" {Helsingin Sanomat, newspaper}.

As a soloist, Timotheos has relished a fruitful career from an early age with numerous performances with orchestras in his native Greece. He made his US debut performance in 2016 with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Spano. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki in Shostakovich's rarely performed Cello Concerto no 2.

A cornerstone in his performing career was November 2021, when he appeared as a soloist with the Athens State Orchestra on Haydn's C major concerto conducted by Leonidas Kavakos. Other important collaborations include performances with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Israel Camerata, the NEC Philharmonia Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony in C Orchestra.

His Carnegie Hall debut took place in 2019, when he performed cello and chamber music works by the renowned contemporary composer Leonid Desyatnikov. In 2017, he was named Artist in Residence at the 'Performance Today' radio program of the American Public Media, the most listened-to classical music program in the US. Several of his recordings were broadcasted and received with great success throughout that year. As part of his second residency at Performance Today, he made a recital tour in Paris and Normandy in 2018; an important addition to his already strong recital presence in both Europe and the US.  

A passionate chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Trio Zimbalist, along with violinist Josef Spacek and pianist George Fu. He often collaborates with important musical figures such as Noah-Bendix Balgley, Yura Lee, Alexi Kenney, Jonathan Biss, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley, Samuel Rhodes, Kim Kashkashian, Roberto Diaz, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Alexey Goribol, Plamena Mangova. He is currently a member of the Marlboro Music Festival roster and made his first appearance there in the summer of 2019. Other festivals he frequently participates in include, Chamberfest Cleveland, Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Evnin Rising Stars, Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Jupiter Chamber Players, the Moritzburg Festival, Chania Chamber Music Festival. 

In addition to his concert appearances, Timotheos is an advocate for charity and philanthropic causes. In spring 2016, in collaboration with the non-profit organization 'Podari.Life' and the renowned Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova, he appeared in performances aiming to raise funds for children diagnosed with oncological and hematological diseases.

Timotheos has been privileged to have studied with some of the most important cello teachers of our time, whose legacy he aims to pass on. He officially began studying with Dimitris Patras at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. He then entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 where he studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley, and received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2017. 

He concluded his studies in 2021 at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Laurence Lesser and earned his Master and Artist Diploma degrees. 

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