“At nearly 200 years old, it’s the grande dame of British conservatoires, but the Royal Academy of Music is surprisingly forward-thinking”Pianist Magazine
Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, is delighted to announce multiple new appointments which extend further the unrivalled excellence and diversity of the Academy's front-line teaching staff:
Nick Smart, Head of Jazz Programmes
Django Bates, Visiting Professor of Jazz
Yevgeny Sudbin, Visiting Professor of Piano
Ann Murray DBE, Professor of Singing
Michael Chance CBE, Professor of Singing and Baroque Opera Coach
James Newton Howard, Visiting Professor of Composition
The appointments of Nick Smart and Django Bates consolidate the position of the Academy as one of the world's finest centres for the study of jazz, consistently producing the best of young innovative and successful jazz musicians. Kit Downes, John Escreet and Gwilym Simcock are just three of the Academy's many recent graduates who are making a big impression on the jazz scene.
Yevgeny Sudbin, who himself graduated from the Academy only four years ago, joins a piano faculty which has scaled new heights under Professor Christopher Elton’s leadership. The Academy's exceptional roster of teachers is further enhanced by Visiting Professors Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Rolf Hind, Stephen Hough and Kathryn Stott. Recent piano students include Benjamin Grosvenor, Rustem Hayroudinoff, Freddy Kempf, Ashley Wass, Llyr Williams and Qian Wu.
Ann Murray and Michael Chance further extend an extraordinarily diverse roster of professors who work with Academy vocal students. The Academy's Visiting Professors together amount to a ‘Who's Who’ of the profession: John Mark Ainsley, Sir Thomas Allen CBE, Barbara Bonney, Susan Bullock, Chevalier José Cura, Angelika Kirchschlager, Dame Felicity Lott, Dennis O'Neill CBE, Robert Tear CBE and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Professor Jane Glover is Director of Royal Academy Opera, an intensive two-year course whose recent graduates, such as Allan Clayton, Lucy Crowe and Viktor Rud, are now starring at opera houses throughout the world.
The Academy is pleased to add James Newton Howard to its distinguished composition professoriate. Composition at the Academy under the leadership of Philip Cashian covers a very broad range of contemporary music — with staff including Professor Simon Bainbridge, David Sawer and Visiting Professors Craig Armstrong, Tod Machover, Professor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Professor Bent Sørensen.