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Harish Shankar

Conductor
1. Kapellmeister, Theater & Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern

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Harish Shankar will conduct ten performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Harish Shankar will conduct ten performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

As Resident Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for 2016/17, Harish Shankar will conduct no fewer than ten performances at the Dewan Philharmonic Petronas concert hall in Kuala Lumpur The first concerts will be on 22 & 23 April, followed by a programme on 5 & 6 May that will include Bartok’s Piano Concerto No ...

Malaysian conductor Harish Shankar joins ICA

Malaysian conductor Harish Shankar joins ICA

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 Jorma Panula Conducting Competition held in 2015 A Junior Fellow of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester he made his Hallé Orchestra debut this season at the ...

Biography

Charismatic Malaysian-born conductor Harish Shankar enjoys an ever-increasing global presence on the podium. Mr Shankar currently holds the position of 1.Kapellmeister at the Theater & Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern. He previously held the positions as Resident Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Harvestehude Sinfonieorchester Hamburg as well as  a recent Junior Fellowship of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he received mentorship from Sir Mark Elder. Hailed for his finely-honed skill and passionate conducting, Mr Shankar was a prize winner of the most recent International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in Finland.

Highlights of his 2017/18 season include his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the UK, as well as a series of symphony concerts with the Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern in both Stralsund and Greifswald.

Also in the various associated theatres of north German Vorpommern, his scenic highlights for the 2017/18 season include a new production of Die Zauberflöte, Noel Gay’s Me and My Girl and a ballet production Casanova based on music by Mozart and John Adams. Mr Shankar recently conducted La Boheme at the Bremerhaven Stadttheater and has worked as both répétiteur and assistant conductor at Kammeroper Hamburg and Oper Kiel.

Recent highlights include his critically acclaimed debut with The Hallé at Bridgewater Hall, conducting the closing concert of the 2017 Cantiere International Arts Festival in Montepulciano and performances in Kuala Lumpur with both the Malaysian Philharmonic and Malaysian Youth Philharmonic orchestras. Previous appearances also include Manchester Camerata, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Jena Philharmonie, Vaasa City Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Braunschweig, Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo, North Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra  and Jyväskylä Sinfonia.

As assistant conductor he has worked closely with a number of renowned conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Vasily Petrenko, Eckehard Stier and Juanjo Mena and collaborated with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia orchestras.  After graduating in conducting from the prestigious Weimar Conservatoire in Germany (under the tutelage of Professor Gunter Kahlert), Harish Shankar also received mentorship from Paavo Järvi, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron with masterclasses from Nicolás Pasquet, Leonid Grin and Mark Stringer.

As a strong believer in music eduction, his early studies with Maestro 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.

Based in Leipzig and Stralsund, Mr Shankar speaks German, English, Spanish, Malay and Tamil.

Reviews

Watching him for only the second time tonight he displayed a confidence and passion in his conducting and knows how to bring out the best from such a large ensemble [RNCM Symphony Orchestra]. Between the two of them [Jeremy So, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2], along with the venue, making the orchestra perform I think, probably the best I have ever heard them.
- North West End
 (RNCM Symphony Orchestra)
, 2016
Passionate and exacting - knowing exactly how to ooze out every last morsel of dynamic from every single instrument. The soft passages were cotton wool, whilst the fortissimo was excellently controlled. His craft is undeniable and he was a joy to watch as he exuded both love and confidence.
- North West End
 (RNCM Symphony Orchestra)
, 2016
This [Tchaikovsky's Fatum] was conducted by Harish Shankar, the Royal Northern College of Music’s present junior fellow in conducting, and he made a very impressive Hallé debut indeed. There was power and intensity in the opening and close, refinement and beauty in the more lyrical episodes, and electricity in tone and phrasing as the music grew to its climaxes. In truth it’s more like a ballet score without a ballet than a symphonic movement, but that gave scope for tension, drama and energy, and Harish Shankar’s style, economic on gesture but effective, gives an orchestra what it needs and nothing else.
- Manchester Evening News
 (Hallé)
, 2015
The first work of the evening was entrusted to Harish Shankar [...]. On the evidence of his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fatum his is a name to watch out for. It [Tchaikovsky’s Fatum] ranges through varying moods: as Harish Shankar pointed out in his pre-concert interview, fate encompasses light and cheerful aspects as well as more sombre ones, and there were plenty of lyrical themes to enjoy. The ending, however, was astonishing. The music veered into something very modern. One can understand why Balakirev did not like it. I loved it! The whole work was given a fine performance by the Hallé and our conductor in his debut with the orchestra.
- Bachtrack
 (Hallé)
, 2015