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Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley

*9 III 1950

Pianist and conductor. As a soloist, he has performed with renowned orchestras under the baton of such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pierre Boulez, Adrian Boult, Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Kurt Sanderling. In 1983, he gave a series of five recitals in London broadcast by the BBC, in which he performed the complete works for solo piano of Rachmaninov. As a conductor, he made his debut in 1985 with the London Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has worked with all four legendary London orchestras, and also with such ensembles as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonia Varsovia, English Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and the symphony orchestras of Munich, St Gallen, Seattle, Singapore and Melbourne. He is currently appearing in a dual role as conductor and soloist, working regularly with many chamber orchestras around the world. He is Conductor Laureate of the London Mozart Players and has also been principal conductor of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra (Sweden). His discography numbers more than 150 discs, released on Chandos, Hyperion and EMI. His recent recordings include Haydn’s complete ‘London’ symphonies, a 14-disc series of works by Clementi (Hyperion) and Beethoven’s complete works for piano and orchestra (Chandos). The Fryderyk Chopin Institute has released four discs by Shelley, featuring Chopin’s sonatas, piano concertos by Lessel and DobrzyƄski (on modern instruments with Sinfonia Varsovia and on period instruments with Concerto Köln, with the pianist conducting from the piano), and both Chopin’s piano concertos, played by Jan Lisiecki and Sinfonia Varsovia under his baton. Shelley’s performances have been broadcast many times on television, including on the centenary of the BBC Proms. In 2009, he was awarded an OBE.


 

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