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26 Jan  

The Royal Academy has announced the appointment of Hans Abrahamsen as the first Oliver Knussen Chair of Composition, with Ryan Wigglesworth becoming the Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music.

The Royal Academy's Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, commented:

‘As we say farewell to Oliver Knussen, a composer, conductor, teacher and polymath, we are delighted to honour him by creating a brand-new Chair of Composition in his name, to be conferred on the great Danish composer, Hans Abrahamsen.

‘Ryan Wigglesworth will assume Olly’s former position as the next Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, as performer and composer. Both figures enjoyed close personal and working connections with Olly and I know he would be completely thrilled that Hans and Ryan have joined the Academy family. Ryan’s celebration concert in December featuring Olly’s The Way to Castle Yonder was a particularly moving and memorable tribute.

‘We look forward to continuing the legacy of a great musical creator through these new appointments.’

More information on the RAM website.



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