Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (16 October)
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood is the 14th Principal of the Royal Academy of Music and was appointed in 2008. Alongside his commitment to education, he is also a recording producer, freelance trumpet player, writer and broadcaster, and was conferred a Professor of the University of London in 2001. Educated at the Universities of Toronto and Oxford, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood has for over a quarter of a century held senior posts at the Academy, launching pioneering programmes, and major international relationships – including a fifteen-year collaboration with The Juilliard School, and founding Academy recording label (now with 30 titles to its name) to introduce talented young artists to the creative challenges of the studio.
As a trumpet soloist Jonathan Freeman-Attwood has released 10 solo albums, the majority with Linn Records. They include ‘Trumpet Masque’ which won High Fidelity’s Recording of the Year and most recently Neoclassical Trumpet which was described by the Times as ‘Quirky, fascinating and ear-ticklingly imaginative’. He has produced over 250 commercial discs for many independent labels including Naxos, Channel Classics, BIS, Chandos, Hyperion and Harmonia Mundi. His productions have won several major awards, including Gramophone’s ‘Record of the Year’ in 2010. As educator, scholar and broadcaster, he continues to be active as a lecturer, critic, and contributor to journals and BBC Radio 3, most often in his capacity as an established authority on Bach interpretation.
He was appointed a Trustee of the University of London from 2010 to 2015 and is currently a Trustee of Garsington Opera (where he also chairs their Artistic Advisory Committee), Christ Church Cathedral Oxford Music, The Young Classical Artists’ Trust (YCAT), The British Library SAGA Trust, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Countess of Munster Trust. He is a Fellow of King’s College London in 2009 (where he is a Visiting Professor), the Royal Northern College of Music in 2013 and the Royal College of Music in 2017.
Hobbies include club league cricket until he was dropped three seasons ago. Since then the club has risen by two divisions