Steven Isserlis and Bengt Forsberg become Academy Visiting Professors

-Posted on 30.11.2016

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to welcome two more internationally acclaimed performers to its extensive roster of Visiting Professors.

Bengt Forsberg, Visiting Professor of Ensemble Piano

Distinguished Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg will work on a regular basis with our Solo Pianists and Piano Accompanists in song and chamber music repertoire. Bengt Forsberg, who has previously given extremely successful masterclasses with the Academy’s Piano Accompanists, is known as a versatile and highly accomplished pianist and a champion of neglected repertoire. He is renowned for his legendary and award-winning recordings with mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter, including songs by Brahms, Grieg, Schumann, Sibelius, and an acclaimed disc of Berg, Korngold and Strauss. His instrumental collaborators include Academy cello professor Mats Lidström.

Steven Isserlis, Marquis de Corberon Visiting Professor of Cello

The illustrious soloist Steven Isserlis CBE has been associated with the Academy for many years. This connection is now formalised with this appointment, named after the cello of 1726 from the Academy’s famous collection: one of the last of only 20 or so cellos that Stradivari constructed on his great ‘B’ form. Steven Isserlis will now present regular masterclasses at the Academy, and will work with Strings students on ‘side-by-side’ ensemble projects.

He writes: ‘Having been both formally and informally involved with the Royal Academy of Music for many years now (not least because of their invaluably kind loan to me of the Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius cello), I am delighted that I shall increasing my involvement through my appointment as Marquis de Corberon Visiting Professor. I believe that the Royal Academy is going from strength to strength — it’s an inspiring and vital beacon of hope’.

Steven Isserlis joins an unsurpassed list of Visiting Professors of Strings including Daniel Hope, Tasmin Little, Mario Brunello, Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Sung-Won Yang, Matthew McDonald and Joel Quarrington.

Bengt Forsberg joins an equally distinguished array of Visiting Professors of Piano which includes Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Pascal Rogé, Kathryn Stott and Yevgeny Sudbin.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Academy Principal, said: ‘It gives me great pleasure to welcome Steven and Bengt closer into the Academy ‘family’. The timing of this announcement is particularly apt, as we are preparing to welcome many hundreds of hopeful young musicians into the building for our annual auditions over the next few weeks. We are able to assure all Academy students – prospective and current – that we continue to invest in the very best teaching talent, from all around the world, to support their studies.’

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