A selection of tributes:
Awful news : the death of Oliver Knussen, one of the truly iconic figures in British music, and a wonderful, warm, witty, generous man. He conducted the premiere of The Protecting Veil – one might not automatically associate him with that style, but he ‘got’ it immediately.
— Steven Isserlis (@StevenIsserlis) July 9, 2018
Very sad to learn of the death of Olly Knussen. An extraordinary composer and conductor, an exceptionally inspiring man. I got to know him just a little bit 25 years ago in Tanglewood. We were so proud that he agreed to come and conduct our orchestra in Stockholm. A great loss
— Daniel Harding (@djharding) July 9, 2018
Mark Anthony Turnage: He was like my dad really, he was just so generous and kind apart from being an amazing musician. He was a great teacher as well. He used to say to me: just get on with it, don’t listen to other people, you will be played by orchestras.
Susanna Mälkki: Deep sadness about the immense loss. But gratitude. Thank you dear Olly Knussen for everything you gave to us, your wisdom, your insights, your wit, your caring and your support, and your music. Your music!! Every note is a gift. You will be terribly missed. So much loving thoughts, Sonya.
Devastated to hear of the death of Ollie Knussen—a great man and towering artist. -AG
— Alan Gilbert (@GilbertConducts) July 9, 2018
Very sad to hear about Olly Knussen’s death. He was an inspiration in everything he did, and a well loved member of the BBCSO family. https://t.co/ktf0Tkv6Cs
— Sakari Oramo (@oramsa) July 9, 2018
We mourn the loss of the great composer and conductor Oliver Knussen (b. 2 June 1952 – d. 8 July 2018). Rest in peace, Olly. pic.twitter.com/u85yxC7Av5
— Concertgebouworkest (@RCOamsterdam) July 9, 2018
Here’s a picture from the BSO archives of Oliver Knussen (I believe) in a class with Bruno Maderna, Tanglewood summer 1971. pic.twitter.com/aUIXgwyfEG
— Anne Shreffler (@acshreff) July 9, 2018
Mathias Pintscher: We lost one of the greatest musicians today
one of the finest musicians I had the honor to know and spend time with
Your wit and inspiration will be deeply missed
I have no words”