Honorary Doctorate for Quincy Jones

-Posted on 25.03.2015

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to announce the award to Quincy Jones of Honorary Doctorate of the University of London.

Quincy Jones is an impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word. His career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions. He has traversed virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies and television. The winner of numerous Grammy Awards, he has been at the centre of the music and entertainment industry for over six decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era and continuing in today’s high-technology, international multi-media hybrids. His humanitarian work over the past 50 years has helped to transform countless lives across the world.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, said:
‘It is a great pleasure to welcome Quincy Jones to the Academy’s most prestigious club. Few musicians, in any era, have had such a consistent record of success — at the very highest international level — across such a long, varied and fruitful career.’

The Academy, as a constituent college of the University of London, has the right to propose illustrious musicians to be awarded the degree of Doctor of Music honoris causa. The complete list of previous recipients is: the late Sir Colin Davis (2002), Sir Elton John (2002), the late Sir Charles Mackerras (2005), Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (2006), Daniel Barenboim (2010), Pierre Boulez (2010), Stephen Sondheim (2010), Sir Simon Rattle (2011), Sir George Martin (2011), Sir Mark Elder (2012), Gennady Rozhdestvensky (2013), Sir Thomas Allen (2014) and Sir Ralph Kohn (2014).

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