Oliver Knussen, CBE, 1952-2018

-Posted on 09.07.2018

The Principal of the Royal Academy of Music has released a statement following the death of Professor Oliver Knussen, CBE:

‘The news of Olly Knussen’s death comes as a huge shock to all of us. He was a deeply loved teacher and friend. Olly’s years of regular visits here as Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music will remain amongst the most memorable and treasured for all of us who worked with him. We recall the concerts, the chats, the seminars, the recordings, the lessons and all the infectious badinage with a sense of true privilege. The loss to the students and the Academy is just part of the mourning - there can have been few conductor-composer-mentors in the history of British music, or international music for that matter, who encapsulated so vibrantly the value of high-level music-making alongside his tireless championing of new music in the modern era. His memory was off the scale, from the perfect tuning of the second bassoon recording Debussy in Cleveland to the exact texture of the dust jacket on the first Bruckner symphony recorded in Japan. We are grateful we had the opportunity to celebrate him last Wednesday when he received his honorary doctorate in ebullient spirits. Olly was an irreplaceable force of nature and we’ve all lost a very dear man.’

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, CBE

Search news articles

Please use the selection menu below or the text field to filter your results: