Nicholls, David Roy
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(b Birmingham, UK, Nov 19, 1955). British musicologist and composer. He studied music at St. John’s College, Cambridge University (BA 1978, MA 1982, PhD 1986). He taught at Keele University (1987–2000), where he also served as Professor of Music (1995–2000) and Research Dean on the Faculty of Humanities (1999–2000). He was Visiting Professor at the College of William and Mary, Virginia (1998). He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Southampton (2000–; Head of Department, 2001–3).
A prolific writer and reviewer of American music of the 20th century, Nicholls’s interests often focus on experimental composers, among them Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, and John Cage. Having received numerous grants toward research and teaching in addition to other honors, including a special commendation to Royal Over-Seas League PRS Composers’ Award (1991) and election to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (...