Norwegian composer is new dean of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

SINGAPORE – Norwegian composer and researcher Peter Tornquist will be the new dean of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YST) at the National University of Singapore from February (2022).

He replaces Professor Bernard Lanskey, who had led the conservatory for 14 years before leaving in July of this year to lead the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia. YST is currently headed by its interim dean Ho Chee Kong.

NUS President Tan Eng Chye said in a statement Monday (November 15): “After rigorous international research, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Peter Tornquist, who is an influential voice in higher music education .

“Peter’s work has played a pivotal role in establishing artistic research as an essential area of ​​knowledge in modern conservatories, and a strategic tool for developing students as curious artists. With his deep understanding of the changing landscape of higher music education in the 21st century, I am confident that YST will continue to make great strides under Peter’s leadership. “

Dr Tornquist was director of the Norwegian Academy of Music from 2013 to July of this year. Prior to that, he was its Head of Composition, Music Theory and Technology, and Associate Professor of Composition.

His compositions, which have been performed by ensembles such as the Oslo Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, focus on the interaction between composers and performers through live electronics and improvisation.

Dr Tornquist said he was delighted to join YST.

He said: “In a rapidly changing global economy, our job as educators is to prepare students to push the boundaries and explore the full potential of their musical identity.”

“My sincere thanks to Professor Bernard Lanskey for his leadership, which has made YST the dynamic conservatory it is today, and I look forward to contributing my experience to furthering the Conservatory’s mission.”

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