Performance is the essential driving force behind everything we do in the Academy.

We invite the greatest names in the industry to work closely with our students in a wide range of projects, often finishing with a public performance. 

Visiting Professor of Music Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Klemperer Chair of Conducting Semyon Bychkov
Barbirolli Chair of Conducting Sir Mark Elder
Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting Edward Gardner
Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music Oliver Knussen
Principal Conductor, Academy Chamber Orchestra Trevor Pinnock CBE, Hon RAM
Carl Maria von Weber Visiting Professor of Conducting Christian Thielemann
Sir Colin Davis Fellow in Conducting Robin Ticciati

Director of Artistic Planning: Nicola Mutton BA, Hon FRAM

In the past few years, Academy students have worked in concerts, workshops and masterclasses with high-profile international artists including:

Conductors and instrumentalists John Adams, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönniman,Semyon Bychkov, Laurence Cummings, Stéphane Denève, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edward Gardner, Jane Glover, Imogen Cooper, Clio Gould, Colin Currie, Josephine Knight, Susanna Mälkki, Franck Ollu, Trevor Pinnock, Rachel Podger, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Hope, Kathryn Stott, Stephen Hough, Leif Segerstam, Bine Bryndorf, Ning Feng, Pascal Devoyon, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Steven Isserlis, Masaaki Suzuki, Christian Thielemann, Gareth Hancock, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Mitsuko Uchida, Jac van Steen, Vladimir Jurowski, Robin Ticciati, Marin Alsop, Maxim Vengerov, Murray Perahia and David Zinman.

Singers Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Wolfgang Holzmair, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Angelika Kirchschlager, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Susan Bullock, Dame Felicity Lott, Dennis O'Neill, Ann Murray and Jessye Norman.

Composers George Benjamin, the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Anders Hillborg, Rolf Wallin, Luke Bedford, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, Michael Finnissy, Judith Weir and Stephen Sondheim.

Jazz artists Django Bates, Dave Douglas, Peter Erskine, Stan Tracey, the late Kenny Wheeler, Keith Nichols, Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles and Dave Holland.

Directors John Copley, Christopher Cowell, John Cox, David Pountney, Hannah Chissick, Philip Franks, Gareth Valentine, Victoria Newlyn, William Kerley and John Ramster.

Find out more:

Orchestras, Ensembles and Chamber Music

Collaborations and Partnerships

Events and How to book

External Bookings (Hire our students)

Concerts Department Staff