Growing up in Brisbane, Australia, Tim Hopkins had planned a career in graphic arts, but took up the saxophone at age 15. After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he began performing regularly with some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, such as Vince Jones, Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, James Morrison, and Don Burrows.
In 1999, on an Australia Arts Council grant, he studied with saxophonist George Garzone in New York City, and while there he played with Jim Black and Seamus Blake, and wrote, arranged, and performed with an ensemble called Phydia featuring a string quartet within a standard jazz quartet line up.
In 2000, Hopkins moved back to New Zealand and began recording and compiling his 6th solo CD Hear Now After. The first single “Loophole” features TV presenter Russell Harrison on vocals, rapper King Kapisi, percussionist Miguel Fuentes, and Hopkins on an assortment of instruments. “Loophole” was included on a NZ On Air compilation disc and features a black and white video directed by the NZ Independent Film Company.
In New Zealand he would regularly play with musicians such as Kim Patterson, Kevin Field, Frank Gibson Jnr, Nathan Haines, Mark de Clive Lowe, Andy Browne, and Roger Fox. In 2011 he made his Rattle debut with Seven, a superb album that was a Jazz Album of the Year finalist in 2012.