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Oliver Knussen

  • Composer
  • Conductor


OLIVER KNUSSEN press reviews

“Oliver Knussen and his players are expert interpreters.” (The Observer, March 2010)

“The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group was conducted by Carter’s champion, Oliver Knussen, whose own exhilarating Coursing began this Maltings programme, and who gave an alluring account of a new piece for 10 players by Helen Grime.” (The Sunday Times, June 2009)

“The force that is Oliver Knussen continues to make his presence felt at Birmingham, where he has been artist-in-association to the Contemporary Music Group since 2006. His authority and interpretative insight ensures performances of vibrant intensity. This programme, where he had paired two of his own compositions with two by Julian Anderson, and included Roberto Gerhard's 1969 score, Leo, by way of balance, was exactly that.” (The Guardian, March 2009)

“Knussen’s players ricocheted through the fray with typical guts and joy.” (The Times, January 2009)

“Under Knussen's economic yet electrically exact direction, the BBC Symphony Orchestra have rarely sounded more together, intent and impressive.” (The Independent, April 2008)