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May 20, 2009

Statement from Peabody Institute director on the death of Nicholas Maw

From Peabody Institute director Jeffrey Sharkey on Nicholas Maw, who died Tuesday. Mr. Maw  had been a member of the conservatory faculty for a decade, 1999-2008:

"Nicholas built Peabody's composition department into one of the world's most prominent while continuing to compose major works, including his opera Sophie's Choice. He was a perfect gentleman and a mighty composer and pedagogue."

Here are two photos taken at the premiere of Sophie's Choice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Dec. 7, 2002 (several staff members, friends and alumni of Peabody and Johns Hopkins University attended that performance). The first picture shows the composer's curtain call; the second shows him with his partner, artist Maija Hay, at the cast party. PHOTOS BY ROB MOORE COURTESY OF ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN/PEABODY INSTITUTE

Nicholas Maw

Nicholas Maw

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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