David Hill and Kristian Steenstrup appointed International Chairs

We are delighted to announce the appointments of David Hill and Kristian Steenstrup as International Chairs in Choral Conducting and Wind and Brass Pedagogy, respectively.

British conductor and organist David Hill (pictured below, left) is Musical Director of the Bach Choir, Principal Conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum, Musical Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society and Associate Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

He was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007 to September 2017 and is a former Music Director of Southern Sinfonia. He has also appeared as Guest Conductor with orchestras and choirs in the UK and internationally, including the BBC, Copenhagen and London Philharmonics, Hallé, Sydney Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra, as well as the Netherlands Radio Choir and RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin.

His broad-ranging discography of over 80 recordings, spans repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day and includes many award-winning titles. A champion of new music, he has premiered works from leading composers including Judith Bingham, Bob Chilcott, Gabriel Jackson, James Macmillan, Philip Moore, Sir John Tavener and Jonathan Dove. In March he was presented with the Royal College of Organists Medal, in recognition of his distinguished achievements in choral conducting and organ playing. He took up his role as International Chair in September.

Danish trumpeter Kristian Steenstrup graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus in 1992. He joined the teaching staff as Associate Professor of Trumpet 10 years later and has held the position of Professor of Trumpet since 2013.

An expert in breathing technique for brass and woodwind players, Kristian has presented masterclasses throughout the world and has written two books, Teaching Brass (2007) and Blow Your Mind (2017). He is currently on a research grant from the Danish Ministry of Culture to explore the efficiency of mental practice, particularly motor and auditory visualization in trumpet players, and will take up his role as and RNCM International Chair in January 2019.

16 October 2018