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


Dr Peter Tornquist is an influential voice in higher music education. (Photo: Kyrre Lien)

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has appointed Norwegian composer and researcher Peter Tornquist as the new dean to lead the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YST). Dr Tornquist will begin his term in February 2022, the University recently announcement.

Commenting on the appointment, NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye said: “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 central 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.

Originally from Sweden, Dr Tornquist also grew up in Switzerland and Brazil, before settling in Oslo, Norway, where he studied composition with award-winning composer Professor Lasse Thoresen and completed his studies at the Royal College of Music. of London under the leadership of the British. composer George Benjamin.

Dr Tornquist joins YST after serving as Director of the Norwegian Academy of Music from 2013 to July 2021. During his tenure he contributed to the development of higher music education through an expanded network of strategic partnerships national and international and has helped position the Academy as one of the top ranked institutions in the performing arts world. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, he has received honorary scholarships from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music in recognition of his services to music.

An active contributor to the international music community, Dr Tornquist has served as Chair of Institutional Accreditation for the Royal Danish College of Music in Copenhagen and has chaired institutional exams for numerous higher music education institutions in Europe and Asia. In Norway, he was president of Ny Musikk (the Norwegian section of the International Society for Contemporary Music) and vice-president of the Norwegian Association of Composers and the Norwegian Performing Rights Society.

YST Board Chair Ms. Chong Siak Ching said, “The YST Board and Management are delighted to welcome Dr. Tornquist to our conservatory. We are confident that it will continue to advance the artistic, educational, research and community work of YST, as the Conservatory increasingly grows as Asia’s most exciting international conservatory and one of the schools of most distinctive music in the world.

Dr Tornquist said: “I am delighted to join YST and to work alongside the team of highly qualified and dedicated colleagues here. YST has been a long-standing partner of the Norwegian Academy of Music, and I have been fortunate enough to know him on my previous visits. In the midst of 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 in making 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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