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The world of classical music is mourning the loss of conductor Oliver Knussen who has died aged 66.
Knussen had an 'extraordinary' impact on British music and the world over, his publisher Faber Music tweeted, confirming the news.
Career - Awards - Ivor - Novello - Award
A decorated career included notable awards including Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music and the Queen's Medal for Music.
BBC reported that Knussen died after a short illness and most recently worked with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Year - Concert - Barbican - London - Pneumonia
Last year he cancelled a concert at the Barbican in London after developing pneumonia, they added.
Many have been paying tribute to 'Olly', as he was known to those closer to him, throughout the afternoon.
Alan - Davey - Controller - BBC - Radio
Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms and BBC Orchestras and Choirs, said:
'Olly's death is devastating — he is a towering and irreplaceable figure in British music and had many associations over the years with BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3.
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