One of Australia's foremost contemporary classical composers, Professor Andrew Schultz, has joined UNSW as head of the School of English, Media and Performing Arts.

Professor Schultz is best known for three operas - Black River, Going Into Shadows and The Children's Bach. His music also covers chamber, orchestral and other vocal work.

"We are delighted to have Professor Schultz join our staff," said Professor James Donald, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. "Andrew has an impressive record in academia and is internationally recognised for his work."

The high calibre of the School's staff was one of the attractions of the role, Andrew said.

"The School has a great reputation internationally, with a combination of disciplines that is unique in Australia," he said.

Andrew has published on topics relating to new music and analysis, and is editor of the Biographical Directory of Australian Composers.

He was most recently Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. Prior to that he was Head of Composition and Music Studies at London's illustrious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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