Andrew Norman appointed new Visiting Professor of Composition

-Posted on 08.12.2017

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to announce Andrew Norman as our new Visiting Professor of Composition.

Norman, a Los Angeles-based orchestral, chamber and vocal composer, draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and notational practices in his work. His music has been performed by leading ensembles across the globe such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra National de France.

Norman’s music has been championed by conductors such as John Adams, Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, and David Robertson and he was recently named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year. In addition, Norman was awarded the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for his work Play.

As a composer, his unique voice has been praised by the New York Times for its ‘daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors,’ in the Boston Globe for its ‘staggering imagination,’ and in the L.A. Times for its ‘audacious’ spirit and ‘Chaplinesque’ wit.

Norman is a committed educator, joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 2013. He was recently appointed as the new director of the L.A. Phil’s Composer Fellowship Program for high school composers.

Andrew Norman says of his appointment at the Academy:

‘I had a fantastic time working with the young composers and performers at the Royal Academy of Music.  The level of creativity, innovation, and technical skill at the Academy is extraordinarily high, and I look forward to returning to this institution many more times as a Visiting Professor.’

Principal of the Academy, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood says:

‘Andrew Norman is not only a great teacher but also a truly individual voice, which we witnessed when our students performed his work last week. There was thrilling atmosphere in the well-attended Duke’s Hall. Andrew joins our esteemed roster of Visiting Professors of Composition which includes John Adams, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen, Tod Machover, James Newton Howard and Bent Sørensen.’

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