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In memory of Sir Ian Stoutzker

RWCMD mourns the loss of its Vice President, friend and supporter Sir Ian Stoutzker, who died at the weekend.

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Published on 08/04/2024

Born in London 1929 but evacuated to Tredegar (where his mother was born and taught music and singing) during WWII, Sir Ian was a loyal supporter of Welsh causes, as well as an ambassador for the arts - a passion which was passed on by Dora, his mother. Sir Ian studied violin at Royal College of Music, before going on to the London School of Economics, which led to a career in merchant banking.

Sir Ian championed young musicians across the world through the many projects that he initiated and supported, including in Wales. His relationship with the College was a particularly special one.

In 2019, he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for lifelong commitment to the arts and music. This included founding Live Music Now with Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, and helming the Philharmonia Orchestra as Chairman and President.

His philanthropy helped to create our beautiful Dora Stoutzker concert hall, named for his musician mother. Our 'gold medal' annual Stoutzker Prize celebrates and supports our most talented emerging professional musicians.

His experience, wise advice and friendship was deeply appreciated and his care to see RWCMD progress as a crucial institution in Wales, the country which meant so much to him, was powerfully felt. He will be profoundly missed by us all and our thoughts are with his wife and his family at this time of great sorrow.

The opening performance in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, 2011

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