Oliver Knussen
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Oliver Knussen

“The piece is whimsical: it hops back and forth between Winne-the-Pooh-like expressions and the...

Composer Portraits

Oliver Knussen

Jamie Jordan, Courtney Orlando

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

    The music of British conductor and composer Oliver Knussen (b. 1952) is at once entirely accessible and thoroughly modern. A classical wunderkind, Knussen got his start at age 15, when he led the London Symphony Orchestra in performances of his First Symphony, at home and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. No stranger to New York’s new-music scene, his works have earned repeated accolades in performance at Lincoln Center. This concert traces his long and fruitful career, from his teenage years to more recent music, including many of his best-known and most-loved chamber works.


  • Oliver Knussen composer
  • Jamie Jordan soprano
  • Courtney Orlando violin


  • Requiem - Songs for Sue   (2005-6)
  • Songs without Voices   (1991-2)
  • Secret Psalm   (1990)
  • Hums and Songs of Winnie-the-Pooh   (1970/83)
  • Ophelia Dances, Book 1   (1975)