Julian Johnson appointed as Regius Professor

Posted on 17/04/2013

Royal Holloway has today announced Professor Julian Johnson| as Regius Professor in the Department of Music|.

Awarded to Royal Holloway by the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee, this prestigious position is a rare privilege, given in recognition of exceptionally high quality of research and teaching. Dating back to the 16th century, only two honours have been created in the past century and this is the first time it has been awarded to a music department.

Professor Johnson has been the Head of Department of Music since 2010. In 2005, he was awarded the Dent Medal for ‘outstanding services to musicology’ by the Royal Musical Association. He has published widely on Viennese modernism (Mahler, Webern, Berg and Schoenberg) and his books include Webern and the Transformation of Nature and Mahler's Voices: Expression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies. Julian's research interests extend across the broad period of musical modernity from the late 18th-century to the present and include writings for a wider audience, such as Who Needs Classical Music?

He is committed to furthering the public’s understanding of music and has given frequent public talks for the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Opera, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and on BBC Radio 3 and BBC TV.

He said:  “I am honoured to accept the award of the Regius Professorship on behalf of the whole Department. The work of all my colleagues, past and present, has contributed in such valuable ways to the study of music that it is wonderful to have the Department recognised in this way. It reaffirms the importance of music, and the study of music, to the educational and cultural life of the UK.”

The Principal, Professor Paul Layzell said: “The receipt of a Regius Professorship and the appointment of Julian Johnson, confirms the position of music at Royal Holloway as one of the country’s leading university departments.”

Professor Katie Normington, Dean of Arts and Social Science, said: “We are delighted that Julian has accepted this position.

“In seeking a Regius Professor, we were looking for someone of high academic distinction, who would be a good ambassador for Royal Holloway and the Department of Music and who could communicate with a wide-range of audiences. In addition, this coveted role required someone committed to teaching and able to demonstrate leadership. Julian has all these qualities in abundance and I have no doubt he will be very successful.”

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