Internationally renowned Honorary Doctors

Internationally renowned Honorary Doctors

Published: 05/07/2016

Three internationally renowned artists will today receive Honorary Degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will today award Honorary Degrees on three of the world’s most successful artists at graduation ceremonies on Tuesday July 5 2016.

Those being honoured are actor and RCS alumnus David Tennant, world renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne and the internationally distinguished cellist, Ralph Kirshbaum.

David Tennant will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Drama, Sir Matthew Bourne will receive an Honorary Doctor of Dance and Ralph Kirshbaum will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“It’s with great pleasure that RCS confers honorary degrees on three such distinguished artists. David, Sir Matthew and Ralph are all world leaders in their fields and we’re thrilled to celebrate their achievements. This creates also a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage with such inspirational individuals as they prepare to enter into the professional world in their own right. Everyone at RCS is delighted to be welcoming them to share this special day with our 2016 graduands.”

“It is a privilege and an honour for the RCS to confer honorary degrees on these artists. They are amongst the greatest of their generation and their achievements are an inspiration to us all. Having stellar HonoraryDoctors provides a wonderful opportunity for our students andgraduandsto engage with these cultural leaders as they prepare to enter into the professional world. Everyone at RCS is grateful and delighted that they are to share this special day with our 2016 graduands.”

An actor of international stature, David Tennant is one of the country’s most versatile actors performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Hamlet and Richard II on stages in both the UK and in the USA, he was the world’s tenth Doctor Who, stars in the hugely popular Broadchurch series and is the comic book villainDr. Zebediah Kilgrave in Marvel’s Jessica Jones series.

Sir Matthew Bourne, hailed as one of the UK’s most popular and successful choreographers, has created and directed dance for some of the most successful musicals and operas produced all over the world. His latest production, the ballet version of the Oscar winning film, The Red Shoes, premiers later this year.

Distinguished cellist and educator of international standing, Ralph Kirshbaum is indisputably one of the most significant artists of the modern era. The career of Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum encompasses the worlds of solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy and places him in the highest echelon of today’s cellists. He is respected not only by audiences worldwide, but also by his many eminent colleagues and students.

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