Biography: William Lyne CBE, AM
Australian-born, William Lyne was appointed Director of Wigmore Hall in October 1966 and, during his thirty-seven years in this position, transformed the Hall into A MUCH loved recital and chamber music venue. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recognised his services to the Arts and with the award of the CBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list in 2002 and at the same time he was honoured by the Australian government with the AM. Other awards and honours include an MBE in 1986, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1996, the Austrian Grand Cross of Honour for Science and the Arts, First Class 2001, the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for Classical Music 1997, the Cobbett Medal for services to the Art of Chamber Music 2001, the Ambassador for London Award: Lifetime Achievement 1997 and the International Artist Managers’ Association Special Award 2003. He is an Honorary member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music and holds an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College of Music.
To mark his retirement he arranged a Director’s Festival of forty-three concerts from November 2002, concluding with a Gala Concert on 10 May 2003 featuring 33 international artists.
He continues to serve on international juries and is a member of the Music Committee for Her Majesty the Queen’s Medal for Music