VIOLIN 2019: ALEXANDER SHELLEY MAKES CMIM AND OSM DEBUT
ALEXANDER SHELLEY MAKES CMIM AND OSM DEBUT
Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the National Arts Center Orchestra, makes his debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) at the 2019 Violin edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM).
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I’m delighted to be making my debut both as guest conductor of the prestigious Concours musical international de Montréal and of the renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. I look forward to sharing my experience and hopefully inspiring young violinists as we collaborate with the OSM to give world-class performances.
Shelley first gained widespread attention when he was unanimously awarded first prize at the 2005 Leeds Conductors’ Competition. In 2015, UK-born Shelley was named Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2017, Alexander concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker, a position he held since September 2009.
Described as “a natural communicator both on and off the podium” (Daily Telegraph), Shelley works regularly with the leading orchestras of Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Orchester Hannover, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Milwaukee, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. Inspiring future generations of classical musicians and listeners has always been central to Shelley’s work. He has led the German National Youth Orchestra on several tours of Germany and works with many thousands of young people a year in outreach projects. He regularly gives informed and passionate pre- and post-concert talks on his programmes, as well as numerous interviews and podcasts on the role of classical music in society.
“We are delighted to have Alexander Shelley lead the OSM, CMIM’s official orchestra and artistic partner, as they accompany the Violin 2019 competitors during the finals at Maison symphonique,” declared Christiane LeBlanc, Executive and Artistic Director.