Tim Ingles was born into a musical family in 1967. His mother had a diploma on the piano and his father, Jim, was a keen amateur violinist. Jim collected violins and bows, and was the owner of Thomas Smith Violins in Birmingham in the 1970s.
Tim studied modern languages at university and worked in Munich for two years before joining Sotheby's in 1994. He became Head of Musical Instruments in 1999 and oversaw the sale of the collection of Yehudi Menuhin (1999) and Albert Cooper (2008).
In his 19 years at Sotheby's, Tim gained a reputation for expertise and integrity. He cemented Sotheby's position as the leading auctioneer of musical instruments, and after the launch of their private sales division in 2004, established Sotheby's as one of the world's leading violin dealers.
Tim left Sotheby's in 2012 and, together with his colleague Paul Hayday, set up Ingles & Hayday, a specialist auctioneer and dealer of fine stringed instruments. Ingles & Hayday has quickly established itself as one of the most respected dealerships in the violin world. Tim has handled the sale of over 30 instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, including the 'Vieuxtemps' and 'Kreisler' Guarneris and the 'Emiliani' and 'Molitor' Stradivaris. He represents some of the world's leading collectors and musicians.
Tim is married with four children and lives in Haywards Heath in Sussex. He plays piano and cello and works with various musical charities in the UK.
Paul was brought up surrounded by music. With the encouragement of his father, an accomplished pianist, Paul began to learn the violin at the age of five. He won a scholarship to the specialist music school Chetham's in Manchester and later continued his musical education with a Musicology degree at Durham University.
Violins have always held a fascination for Paul, and in 1997 he was fortunate to be offered a position in Sotheby's Musical Instrument Department, where he was able to pursue this interest in more depth. In his 19 years in the business, Paul has developed an in-depth knowledge of the market and
violin expertise, and has gained a reputation for honesty, empathy and reliable, impartial advice. He uses his experience as a musician to best guide artists in their search for the perfect instrument.
In his career so far, Paul has been involved in the sale of 29 instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù. Paul is a board member of a creative musical charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of underprivileged children in London. In the summer months he is an enthusiastic sailor. He lives in Berkhamsted with his wife and three daughters.
Samantha joined Ingles & Hayday Ltd. in the summer of 2015 as Auction Manager; she looks after clients throughout the auction process and manages both the auction logistics and the office.
After studying at the University of Durham as an undergraduate, and more recently a postgraduate, Samantha developed her career in the violin business working
first in the Sotheby’s Musical Instruments Department from 2010-2011, and then moving on to work with an independent dealer and an established Trust.
Born in Salzburg in 1987, Rainer grew up in an artistic environment and studied the violin at the University Mozarteum with Igor Ozim, Wonji Kim and Klara Flieder-Pantillon.
Rainer has been a violin enthusiast from a very young age and has gained valuable experience within the trade in the past two years before joining Ingles & Hayday in October 2016.
Throughout the year he performs with the Mozart Kammer Orchester Salzburg as a chamber musician and soloist. Rainer's most recent solo performances with the orchestra featured violin concertos by Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart.
He has also been invited to play as a member of the Deutsches Kammer Orchester Berlin, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie Augsburg.
Chilean by birth, Catherine Bowder was schooled in England and Belgium. After graduating in music at Durham University she joined Sotheby's in 1996. She worked alongside Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday in Sotheby's Musical Instruments Department for ten years from 1997. After a break to have her four children,
she joined Ingles & Hayday Ltd shortly after its foundation in May 2013 and is currently their Shipping Co-ordinator and Accounts Manager. She lives in Wiltshire with her family.
Chris joined Ingles & Hayday in late 2013 as Auction Manager, having previously worked with Tim and Paul at Sotheby’s. He now manages Ingles & Hayday’s web, social media, advertising and marketing strategies. After studying English at Edinburgh University and International Theatre Directing at Middlesex University, Chris became a successful theatre and opera director. He has directed productions all over the world, most recently in Bangkok, Singapore, Berlin and Hungary.
He has been Staff Director for the National Theatre and English National Opera and in 2010 was nominated for both an Olivier Award (Les Parents Terribles at the Donmar Warehouse) and in the category of Outstanding Newcomer in the Evening Standard Awards.
Born in Philadelphia, Carly Murphy moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a joint degree in Art History and French Literature. After completing a graduate course at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, Carly joined Sotheby's in 2003 working as the US liaison for the London-based Musical Instruments department. In 2005 Carly changed roles within Sotheby's and became an assistant vice president in Client
Development for the contemporary art department, which she continues to do on a part time basis today. She rejoined Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday, now at Ingles & Hayday Ltd, in 2014 to work once again as a point of contact for their clients in the US. Carly resides northern New Jersey with her husband John and her two sons.
Born in Indonesia but brought up in Italy, Valentina Pastorelli graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Torino.
She joined Sotheby's in 2008, working for seven years as assistant to the Senior Director in Turin and as sales clerk in Milan.
Valentina started working with Ingles & Hayday in 2015 as liaison for Italy-based clients.