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ISM awards Oliver Knussen CBE with Distinguished Musician Award

Laura  Barnes
ISM awards Oliver Knussen CBE with Distinguished Musician Award

The eminent composer-conductor Oliver Knussen CBE has been awarded the ISM Distinguished Musician Award 2016 for his extraordinary services to music as a leading figure in contemporary classical music.

“I am particularly touched to be accorded this honour by such a distinguished professional body as the Incorporated Society of Musicians, which acts tirelessly on behalf of its members and the rights of musicians in general. Thank you so very much!” said Knussen.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of the Musicians, commented: “We are delighted to award the ISM Distinguished Musician Award to the eminent composer-conductor Oliver Knussen CBE as an acknowledgement of his extraordinary contribution to music as a leading figure in contemporary classical music.”

One of the pre-eminent composer-conductors in the world today, Knussen is presently Artist-in-Association with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music.
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The recipient of many honours and awards, including the Nemmers Prize in 2006, the RPS Conductor Award in 2009 and The Ivors Classical Music Award in 2016, he has served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1983-98), Head of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center (1986-93), Principal Guest Conductor of the Hague Residentie Orchestra (1993-97), Music Director of the London Sinfonietta (1998-2002), and Artist-in-Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2009-2014). He was appointed a CBE in 1994 and received the Queen’s Medal for Music 2015.

His 60th birthday was celebrated with special events in Aldeburgh, Amsterdam, Birmingham, London and Tanglewood and he has recorded more than 50 CDs for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Virgin and NMC.

Established in 1976, the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award recognises outstanding contributions that an individual (member or non-member) has made to musical life in the UK. Only one award is made each year and previous recipients include John Stephens, Sarah Connolly, Judith Weir, Julian Lloyd Webber, Dame Emma Kirkby and many more.

The award is always dated the year before it is awarded to correspond with the term of the ISM President.

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