Oliver Knussen

Oliver Knussen

Conductor

One of the pre-eminent composer-conductors in the world today, Oliver Knussen (born in Glasgow in 1952) is presently Artist-in-Association with both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. he recipient of many awards, including the Nemmers Prize in 2006, he was formerly Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1983-98), Head of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center (1986-93) and Music Director of the London Sinfonietta (1998-2002). Among his best-known compositions are the operas Where the Wild Things Are (1979-83) and Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1984-5, revised 1999) written in collaboration with the late Maurice Sendak.