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Tim Berens has created a unique position for 
himself in the world of music: 
orchestral guitarist

Tim in Hong Kong, the day after a concert with the 
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Tim Berens is a guitarist, an orchestrator, and a conductor.  Timís orchestral guitar work has included performances on more than 40 CDs, national and international tours, nationally broadcast television programs, a performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 7 performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, and many performances of the movie Coco with live orchestra. 

Tim was the guitarist for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra from 1983 until 2021, and he has performed with dozens of other orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

A versatile musician, Tim performs on the mandolin, banjo, and bouzouki in addition to the electric, classical, and steel string acoustic guitars. An accomplished jazz guitarist, Tim released Two Sessions with bassist/composer Frank Proto in 2012, Live at Sips Cafe in 2005,  Nortonomy in 2001, and Another Rhumba for Armando in 1999 for Red Mark Records.  He has performed regularly in jazz clubs for many years. 

 Tim playing guitar with
Melissa Etheridge and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra features Tim as a soloist on many of its Telarc recordings, and Tim has toured with the Pops many times, performing in Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  He has been featured with the Cincinnati Pops during many of their nationally telecast PBS specials. His performances of  Rhapsody in Blue for Two Guitars and Orchestra  received raves from audience members and critics alike.

Trained as a classical guitarist, Tim is a member of a rare species:  classical guitarists who have performed Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with an orchestra. 

Tim, an avid chess player and an enthusiastic but bad golfer, earned a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Videos of Tim Playing 

With Fareed Haque

With Frank Proto

Recordings by Tim Berens

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