• Anne Øland - a loss to the musical world, and to the Academy

    14th of September 2015 · tags:

    Saturday 12 September piano Professor Anne Øland died after a long illness. "Anne's death is a great loss to the Danish music scene and to the Academy" Principal Claus Olesen says. In an email to all students and staff at the Academy Olesen writes: "I don’t think I've ever seen a person with a greater passion, and she had it to the last".

    Former student by Anne Øland at the Academy and current radio host at DR P2 Mathias Hammer writes on his Facebook profile: "She never gave less than 100% of her time, her skills, her commitment, her presence and her love."

    Anne Øland was a highly sought-after teacher, her students were very dedicated. Besides her presence and commitment, she will be remembered for a number of significant initiatives at the Academy, not least the annual piano festival OPUS, in collaboration with students and professors from, among others Russia.

    Anne Ølands greatest artistic successes include a complete recording of all Carl Nielsen's piano music and a complete recording of all of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. But she was equally educator and musician; for Øland the artistic and the pedagogical work were equal and closely related, and it was of great importance to her taking piano lessons from the very beginner level very seriously. As late as August 2015, she taught at the Academy’s annual summer course for young people as young as 12 years.

    Anne Øland has previously taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. She came to the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, in 2004 and became a professor in 2007. Anne Øland died 66 years old.

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