World-renowned cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber and master painter Leng Jun have been awarded honorary professorships by the University for the Creative Arts.
They will be recognised for their incredible achievements in the spheres of music and fine art respectively at UCA’s first postgraduate graduation ceremony, which takes place at Central Hall, Westminster, on 12 October, 2019.
The ceremony will also be attended by UCA’s Chancellor and internationally renowned ceramicist, Magdalene Odundo OBE, who was a graduate of West Surrey College of Art & Design (now UCA Farnham).
Julian Lloyd-Webber receives his honorary professorship comes in recognition of his prolific career as a cellist, which began at the age of 16 when he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Over the years he has worked with an extraordinary array of musicians, from Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel and Sir George Solti to Sir Elton John and Stephane Grappelli and has premiered more than 60 works.
As well as recording many pieces, among which his Brit Award-winning Elgar Concerto conducted by Lord Menuhin was chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music magazine, he was also the only classical musician to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Outside of performing and recording, Julian is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, president of the Elgar Society, founder of the government’s In Harmony programme and is the chair of Sistema England – two organisations which aim to improve the lives of children and young people in deprived areas through the power of music.
He said of his award: “I am delighted and honoured to be awarded an Honorary Professorship by UCA. It will be especially moving for me to receive the award at Central Hall, Westminster, where my father was the organist and Director of Music for more than 20 years.”
Leng Jun, receives his honorary professorship in recognition of his incredible artwork known around the world for its ingenuity and precision.
A graduate from the Art Department of Hankou branch of Wuhan Normal University, Leng soon became one of the leading representatives in Chinese realistic oil painting and one of the world’s leading hyper-real artists. His style is meticulous, patient and careful, capturing his subjects in vibrant colours and delicate light, and incorporating tiny details from skin pores and hair follicles to woollen fibres.
His 1999 painting, Five-Pointed Star, broke records in Chinese art prices when it was sold at Sotheby’s for $1.22 million in 2007, and his works have been selected many times for China’s most prestigious art event, the National Exhibition of Fine Arts.
Leng is a former dean at the Wuhan Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently vice-chair of the Wuhan Federation of Literary and Art Circles, chair of the Wuhan Artists’ Association, a researcher at the Chinese Painting Academy, a member of the China Oil Painting Art Committee, a director of the China Oil Painting Society and a member of the China Artists’ Association.