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Resident Conductor, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Malaysian conductor Harish Shankar is the winner of the 3rd prize at the 6th International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition held in 2015. Harish is the Junior Fellow of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and current highlights include conducting the RNCM Concert Orchestra, assistantships with the Royal Liverpool and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras as well as his conducting debut with the Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall. Previous conducting work includes appearances with Jena Philharmonic, the Leipziger Symphonieorchester, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice. Harish completed his Master's Degree in conducting at the prestigious Conservatory of Weimar under the tutelage of Prof. Gunter Kahlert and Markus Frank and has attended master classes with Nicolás Pasquet, Mark Stringer, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin and Sir Mark Elder.
11 Feb 2016
ICA are thrilled to announce that Malaysian conductor Harish Shankar has joined their roster. Educated in Germany, Harish is the 3rd Prize Winner of the 6th International...
Hallé, Manchester Evening News - Dec 2015
Hallé, Bachtrack - Dec 2015
RNCM Symphony Orchestra, North West End - Jun 2016
RNCM Symphony Orchestra, North West End - May 2016
Hailed for his exacting skills and passionate conducting, the charismatic Malaysian born Harish Shankar enjoys a growing global presence on the podium. As prize winner of the 2015 International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition, Mr Shankar currently holds the position of Junior Fellow of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Current highlights include his critically acclaimed debut with The Hallé at Bridgewater Hall, assistantships with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras and concerts with the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Orchestra in Manchester. Previous appearances include Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Malaysian Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic, Vaasa City Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Braunschweig, Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo, North Czech Philharmonic and Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra.
As assistant conductor he worked closely with a number of renowned conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Vasily Petrenko, Eckehard Stier and Juanjo Mena.
After graduating in conducting from the prestigious Weimar Conservatoire in Germany (under the tutelage of Professor Gunter Kahlert), Harish Shankar also received mentorship from Sir Mark Elder, Paavo Järvi, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron with masterclasses from Nicolás Pasquet, Leonid Grin and Mark Stringer. Early studies with Eiji Oue subsequently led to an invitation to lead the orchestra of the award-winning El Sistema project in Peru. During his tenure with El Sistema, he conducted a number of regular and cross-over projects with the aim to engage a growing classical music scene and to bring together children from all walks of life through music.
A pianist by training, Mr Shankar took piano lessons from the age of six, continuing his studies before being accepted into the class of noted pianist Professor Konstanze Eickhorst at the Conservatoire of Lübeck.