*One of the most respected figures in British contemporary music and has probably contributed more to the vitality of the British contemporary music scene than any other figure * Wide and varied output, from chamber music works, to three symphonies and two operas, Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! - the result of a collaboration with the children’s author Maurice Sendak * Two recent concertos (for horn and violin) have been taken up by soloists and orchestras worldwide * Conducting career began at the age of 16 with the LSO when he conducted his First Symphony * In international demand as an illuminating interpreter of twentieth century music and appears regularly with the major orchestras of the world * Was made a CBE in 1994 and is Conductor Laureate of the London Sinfonietta
"No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen… every piece makes its point perfectly and shows Knussen's mastery of his musical language and influences." -- The Guardian
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