Timothy William

B.A. A.Dip.A(NZ) [Hon]

bio_imageIntroducing Auckland-based pianist, producer and musician, Timothy William. A musical personality involved in a variety of musical projects; as a solo artist, both live and studio session work, piano teacher and industry mentor.

Having studied music from an early age, Tim attained an Associate Diploma in Jazz performance (Hon) whilst still at high school. He has attended Wellington’s Conservatory of Music (nee NZ School of Music) is recognized as a talented Jazz musician and has been performing professionally in bars and clubs since the age of 15.

He is in demand as a session musician, performing a variety of different styles with many local and internationally respected artists. Tim has performed with and sessioned for singer/songwriters; Josephine Costain, Nick Hohepa, Christopher Reed, Simon Spire and NZ Hip-hop royalty; King Kapisi as well as international artists; German Jazz Great; Klaus Doldingher, and UK bass extraordinaire; Shez Raja. Tim in currently playing for; original Maori Hip-Hop band Dam Native, Alt-country rock band Billy Squire and the Rye, and Kiwi Soul-Rock project Phil Edwards Band.

In 2005 Timothy William launched his own company Bemsha Music  established to provide live music for Corporate Events, weddings, product launches, parties etc… Bemsha Music prides itself on providing musicians of the highest quality many of whom are recognized as some of Auckland’s top musicians.

When he’s is not performing and recording, Tim is busy applying his music skills and intuitive nature working with students of all ages and abilities tutoring piano or keyboard. Focusing on providing a modern syllabus, lessons cover everything from jazz to contemporary, theory, composition even studio production techniques.

Having featured on so many other artists’ records, Timothy William is currently finishing his own album which showcases his collaborations with a variety of artists and musicians.

Outside of working in the Music industry, Tim has degrees in Sociology and Media Studies, from the University of Auckland. He has previously worked within schools with students with behavioural problem or learning difficulties and continues working in a mentoring capacity with IHC as well as working for Not-for-Profit; Opie the Dog

What’s been said…

Tim is an understated musician, he is by far the most competent and imaginative players that I have had the pleasure to work with. His competency is rivaled only by his professionalism on and off stage. In the studio he has abilities as a producer with innovative and original ideas that helped shape my own album. He is a rare find in music internationally.

Christopher Reed,


Tim’s tenacious approach to modernizing the jazz standard repertoire rivals that of a mad pitbull on the posties leg! … [Tim's] undeniable energy and passion for improvising lead him to realizing his maximum potential in every performance.

Ron Samson
Head of Jazz Studies,
University of Auckland


Timothy William is one of the leading members of the new bread of Jazz Musicians emerging in New Zealand. Not only is Tim a fantastic musician and composer he is also one of the rare bread of jazz musicians that pro-actively promote, not only themselves, but the music scene around them. Tim regularly performs in gigs at some of the top jazz venues in Auckland with his own band and is certainly making a name for himself. Tim has released a couple of demo/promo CDs that, to my ears, are some of the most exciting releases to come out of NZ jazz in the last few years. Tim’s funky Rhodes keyboard playing is, quite frankly, infectious – he drives his band members to perform beyond themselves, which for me is very encouraging in a jazz scene that can at times appear staid and boring. Tim is one to watch for the future.

Mark Robinson,
Regarded Jazz Broadcaster,


Timothy William joined a band I put together called Billy Squire and The Rye for a tour in 2008. Without a doubt, his influence and knowledge of music and the music industry brought our ensemble to great heights for that period. Tim seems to have a real keen insight on how to rattle and shake up rhythms, creating a whole new vibe of urgency and attitude in the music. Whether it be a delicate touch on the Piano or a full on assault from the Hammond, the colors that Tim professionally and carefully expresses is an undeniable fixture in any artists creation.

Billy Squire
Billy Squire and the Rye
Boston, USA


Timothy William is an expressive, high energy keys player with stylish stage presence and a soulful vibe. It was a pleasure touring New Zealand with him.
UK Jazz Artist

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