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David Fanning
2008 -
David Fanning 
David Fanning is a Professor of Music at the University of Manchester,where he was Departmental Chair and Subject Leader from 2002-05. A leading authority on the twentieth-century symphonic tradition and inparticular on Shostakovich and Nielsen, he is author of books and articleson those composers and on numerous aspects of music in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

His recent publications include a book-length study of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartetfor Ashgate Publishing and a five-volume performing edition of Russian Opera Arias for Peters Edition. He is currently engaged on a critical/historicalsurvey of the Symphony in the Soviet Union for Yale University Press and on the completionof the late Per Skans’s monograph on the life and works of the Shostakovich discipleMieczyslaw Weinberg.

David Fanning is joint editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich,due to be published in 2008, having previously edited Shostakovich Studies for thesame publishers (Cambridge, 1995). Since 1992 he has served as Corresponding Editorfor the Carl Nielsen Edition at the Royal Library in Copenhagen, for whom he has editedthe complete incidental music for Aladdin (Copenhagen, 2000) and the piano music Copenhagen, 2006). He is one of three co-editors for the scholarly journal Carl Nielsen Studies.

As a translator, his published work includes two Russian operas, numerous scholarlyarticles in Danish, and various German, Norwegian and Swedish texts, as well as singingtranslations from Russian and Danish.

David Fanning studied on the Joint Course at the University of Manchester and the RoyalNorthern College of Music, where his piano teacher was Sulamita Aronovsky. For 25 years he was a regular chamber-music partner of The Lindsays, a role he is now continuing with their successors as quartet-in-residence at the University,the Brussels-based Quatuor Danel. His solo appearances include the first performance inmodern times of the 1808 version of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto,as transcribed by Professor Barry Cooper.

He is also active as a music critic for Gramophone magazine and The Daily Telegraph(having previously written for The Guardian and The Independent), as a Radio 3 broadcaster, and as public speaker for several of the UK’s orchestras.

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