Timothy Vajda (pronounced VI-da) is a composer and instrumentalist whose principal instrument is the viola da gamba. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar, keyboard, and a variety of early music and ethnic instruments. As a gambist, he participated in numerous early music performances in the St. Louis area, including some with members of the St.Louis Symphony and more recently as a member of the Ganzfeld Quartet. In addition to recording and releasing his own music, Tim plays electric guitar and viola da gamba with Catnip College, an instrumental group that specializes in ensemble improvisation. As a composer, Vajda enjoys exploring the textural possibilities of the instruments available to him, and combining various, sometimes disparate, compositional methods. He received his Master's Degree in Music Theory/Composition from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.