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Professor Charles Bodman Rae is a composer, pianist, conductor and author.  As the seventh Sir Thomas Elder Professor of Music he leads the academic and research activities of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide.  This continuing appointment to Australia's senior professorship in music (est.1884) was made in 2001.  He has also led the Elder Conservatorium in the managerial and administrative roles of both Dean and Director (2001-2007).

Awards and Achievements[]

In 1999 he was awarded the honorary Fellowship of Leeds College of Music in a ceremony held in the Great Hall of the University of Leeds.

In 2005 he was awarded the inaugural Lutoslawski Medal for his "outstanding achievement in promoting the ideas and work of Witold Lutoslawski".  The award was presented in a ceremony at Warsaw's Royal Castle by the pre-eminent Polish film director, Andrzej Wajda.

Also in 2005 as Dean/Director he received on behalf of the Elder Conservatorium of Music an Australian Classical Music Award (APRA/AMC) for "outstanding contribution by an organisation" in recognition of the highly acclaimed chamber music series of 22 events (all broadcast live on ABC Classic FM) that he had curated for the 2004 Adelaide Festival of Arts.  The Elder Conservatorium of Music is the only Australian music academy to have received such an award.

On 24 January 2013 he was awarded the Lutoslawski Centenary Medal at a gala broadcast concert held in the ballroom of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The award was made by the International Lutoslawski Society under the auspices of the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Mickiewicz Institute. Others who received this medal included: the conductors Jan Krenz, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Sir Simon Rattle; the German violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter; and the American composer, Steven Stucky.


MA(Cantab.), PhD(Leeds), DMus(Adel.), ARCM, FRSA, FCLCM

ARCM (Piano Performance), Royal College of Music, London, 1975

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Music Tripos), University of Cambridge,  1977

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge, 1981

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds, 1992

Doctor of Music, University of Adelaide 2004