Born in London in October 1979, Alexander Shelley is a passionate and articulate advocate for the role of music in society. He has spearheaded multiple award-winning and ground-breaking projects, bringing symphonic music to new audiences.
He performs across six continents with the world’s finest orchestras and soloists, including Gewandhausorchester, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Malaysian, Oslo, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, Munich, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand philharmonics.
In September 2015, Alexander Shelley succeeded Pinchas Zukerman as Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ontario, the youngest in its history. With the ensemble, they have undertaken major tours of Canada and Europe, commissioned ground-breaking projects. This season they complete a major Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms recording cycle and perform multiple world premieres, including Philip Glass’s latest symphony, which they presented at the Carnegie Hall.
Born to a celebrated concert pianists, Alexander Shelley studied cello and conducting in Germany and first gained widespread attention when he was unanimously awarded Grand Prix at the 2005 Leeds Conductors Competition.
In August 2017, the artist concluded his eight-year tenure as Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker. The partnership was hailed by press and audience alike as a golden era for the orchestra, transforming the ensemble’s playing, education work and international touring activities. As of January 2015, he has served as Principal Associate Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he curates an annual series of concerts at Cadogan Hall and tours both nationally and internationally.
In 2016, the conductor was awarded the ECHO prize for his second Deutsche Grammophon recording, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and both the ECHO and Deutsche Gründerpreis in his capacity as Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s “Zukunftslabor”.