Royal Academy of Music

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The Royal Academy of Music is a music school in London, England, and one of the leading music institutions worldwide.

The Royal Academy of Music was founded in 1822 by Lord Burghersh and harpist Nicolas Bochsa and received in 1830 an official legal status ( Royal Charter ) by King George IV "to promote the maintenance of musicology and granting of any options to acquire in perfection through support and thorough instruction of all who have the desire, is to acquire knowledge " ( " to promote the cultivation of the science of music and to afford facilities for Attaining perfection in it by assistive starting with general instruction of all persons desirous of acquiring knowledge thereof "). Since then, many prominent musicians have studied at the Academy. The composer and music educator Cipriani Potter was from 1832 to 1859 principal of the Royal Academy of Music and coined this.

List of all principals

  • Jonathan Freeman - Attwood (2008)
  • Sir Curtis Price (1995 )
  • Lynn Harrell (1993 )
  • Sir David Lumsden (1982 )
  • Anthony Lewis ( 1968)
  • Sir Thomas Armstrong (1955 )
  • R. S. Thatcher (1949 )
  • Sir Stanley Marchant (1936 )
  • Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1924 )
  • Sir Alexander Mackenzie (1888 )
  • Sir George Alexander Macfarren (1876 )
  • Sir William Sterndale Bennett ( 1866)
  • Charles Lucas ( 1859)
  • Cipriani Potter (1832 )
  • William Crotch (1822 )


The Academy enjoys a prime location in central London adjacent to Regent's Park. The facilities, which include the Duke's Hall with 450 seats and a modern theater, were expanded in 2001 with the opening of a new concert hall with 150 seats and the York Gate Collections, a public museum for musical instruments and pieces from the outstanding collections of the Academy. The Royal Academy of Music has a high quality collection of over 200 stringed instruments of the violin family. They were purchased for students and new entrants, are held by the luthier of the Academy serviced and include several Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri. The collection of the library has more than 160,000, with an extensive collection of books and music items, including significant collections of first editions and manuscripts, as well as good facilities with Anhörmöglichkeiten. The library also houses the Sir Arthur Sullivan Archive and Sir Henry Wood archive. For most prized possession of the library include the manuscripts of Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen, Arthur Sullivan's Mikado, Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and Serenade to Music, as well as that of the newly discovered Gloria by George Frideric Handel ( " This piece gives singers and players boundless joy " - Rodney Milnes in The Times, March 2001). The support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund enabled the acquisition of the Robert Spencer Collection - one of the most outstanding collections of early English Song and Lute music, as well as a fine collection of lutes and guitars. The York Gate Collections can now show many pieces of it. The orchestra library has more than 4,500 sets of orchestral parts and is constantly supplemented by new arrivals. Important collections are the libraries of Sir Henry Wood and Otto Klemperer.

The students of the Academy form a dynamic community in which over 50 countries are represented, and occupy different fields of study of performing arts, composition, jazz or media to musical theater and opera.

Each year the Academy honors the work of a contemporary composer with a festival in the presence of the composer. Previous Academy Festival were: Witold Lutosławski, Michael Tippett, Krzysztof Penderecki, Olivier Messiaen, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter ( Academy Graduate), Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, György Ligeti, the English and American film, Franco Donatoni, Russian composer Galina including Ustwolskaja, György Kurtág and Mauricio Kagel.

The Academy operates globally with other conservatories together, and also participates in the SOCRATES in part exchange program for students and teachers. In 1991, the Academy became the first English music high school, which introduced a fully accredited degree for the Performing Arts. In 1999, the Academy full member of the UK's largest university, the University of London.

Since autumn 2009, Professor Jonathan Freeman - Attwood 's new rector. He will take over from the American scientist Curtis Price.

Bach Prize of the Royal Academy of Music

2006 founded the Royal Academy an international Bach price they gave as the first winner Christoph Wolff. The high honor is worth 10,000 pounds, which provides the London Kohn Foundation.

Former Students

Among the former students include:

Other musicians with respect to the Academy

Many prominent musicians are or were in close relationship with the Academy:

  • Thomas Adès ( visiting professor of composition )
  • John Barbirolli
  • Joshua Bell ( violin visiting professor )
  • Richard Rodney Bennett ( guest professor of composition )
  • Boris Berezovsky
  • Harrison Birtwistle ( visiting professor of composition )
  • Nicolas Bochsa (harp)
  • Barbara Bonney ( visiting professor Opera )
  • Nadia Boulanger
  • Pablo Casals
  • William Crotch (first president of the Royal Academy of Music)
  • Edward Dannreuther ( professor of piano from 1895)
  • Colin Davis (International Chair of Orchestral Studies )
  • Christopher Elton
  • Mei - Yee Foo
  • Otto Goldschmidt (piano)
  • Skaila Kanga (harp)
  • Lutz Köhler ( Principal Guest Conductor)
  • Franz Liszt
  • Alexander Mackenzie, from 1888 to 1924 director of the Royal Academy of Music
  • Charles Mackerras
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
  • Yehudi Menuhin
  • Ann Murray ( Professor of Singing)
  • Anne- Sophie Mutter (Honorary Member )
  • Roger Norrington
  • Paul Patterson ( Manson Chair of Composition )
  • György Pauk ( Ede Zathureczsky professor for violin )
  • Murray Perahia
  • Gervase de Peyer ( clarinet)
  • András Schiff
  • Paul Silverthorne (viola)
  • Hartmut Rohde ( Visiting Professor HON RAM Viola / Chamber music )
  • Simon Standage (Professor of Baroque Violin)
  • Barry Tuckwell ( professor of French horn )
  • Maxim Vengerov
  • John Williams ( guitar visiting professor )
  • Henry Wood