Harish Shankar

Conductor

BIO

Hailed for his exacting technique and passionate conducting, the charismatic Malaysian-born Harish Shankar enjoys a growing global presence on the podium.

Current highlights include his upcoming debuts with the Bournemouth Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Previous appearances include Jena Philharmonics, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo, North Czech Philharmonic and Jyväskyla Symphony Orchestra. His debut with the Hallé Orchestra received high critical acclaim. With an active voice in the media, Harish has been featured in ‘Classical Music Magazine’ and interviewed on BBC Radio 3.

His craft is undeniable and he was a joy to watch as he exuded love and confidence.

Mark Dee

North West End

Harish Shankar completed his Master’s degree in Conducting at the prestigious Conservatoire of Weimar, Germany under the tutelage of Professor Gunter Kahlert. Harish Shankar has also received valuable mentorship from Sir Mark Elder with masterclasses from Nicolás Pasquet, Paavo Järvi, Leonid Grin and Mark Stringer.

As assistant conductor, he has worked closely with a number of renowned conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Vasily Petrenko, Eckehard Stier and Juanjo Mena. Early studies with Eiji Oue 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, Harish Shankar took piano lessons from the age of six with Penny Kam and Loo Bang Hean before being accepted into the class of noted pianist Professor Konstanze Eickhorst at the Conservatoire of Lübeck.

In his free time Harish Shankar serves as an emergency pedagogue with the Friends of Waldorf Education.

Harish's Repertoire list

Sinfónico

 

Adams
    The Chairman Dances
Arutiunian
    Concerto for Trumpet
Bach, C.P.E.
    Concerto for Flute in d minor
Bach, J.S.
    Concerto for 2 Violins in d minor
Barber
    Adagio for Strings
Bartók
    Concerto for Orchestra
    Divertimento for Strings
Beethoven
    All Symphonies
    Egmont Overture
    Leonore Overture No. 2
    Piano Concerti No. 1, 4
    Violin Concerto in d major
Bernstein
    Symphonic Dances from ‘The West Side Story’
    Candide Overture
Berlioz
    King Lear Overture
    Béatrice et Bénédict Overture
Bizet
    Carmen Suites No. 1, 2
    l’Arlesienne Suites No. 1, 2
Brahms
    Symphonies No. 1, 3, 4
    Piano Quartet in g minor (Schoenberg)
    Haydn Variations
    Piano Concerti No. 1, 2
    Tragic Overture
    Academic Festival Overture
    Nänie
    Alto-rhapsody
Britten
    War Requiem
    4 Sea Interludes
Catalani
    Comtemplazione
Debussy
    La Mer
    Iberia
    Prelude a l’Apres Midi d’un Faune
Dvořák
    Symphonies No. 8, 9
    Cello Concerto in b minor
    Violin Concerto in a minor
Elgar
    Enigma Variations
    Cello Concerto in e minor
    Romance for Bassoon
Glanert
   Brahms Fantasie
   Frenesia
Grieg
    Holberg Suite
    In Autumn
Haydn
    Symphonies No. 44 ‘Trauer’, 99, 101 ‘Clock’, 103 ‘Drumroll’ and 104 ‘London’
    Trumpet Concerto in e flat major
Khachaturian
    Masquerade Suite
    Piano Concerto
Liszt
    Les Preludes
Mahler
    Symphonies No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ and 5
    Das Lied von der Erde
    Songs of a Wayfarer
    Kindertotenlieder
Matthews
    Grand Barcarolle
Miyoshi
    Concerto for Orchestra
Mendelssohn
    Symphonies No. 3 ‘Scottish’ and 4 ‘Italian’
    Hebrides Overture
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Violin Concerto in e minor
Monn
    Cello Concerto in g minor
Mozart
    Symphonies No. 26, 31 ‘Paris’, 32, 36 ‘Prague’, 38 ‘Linz‘, 39, 40 ‘Great g minor’ and 41 ‘Jupiter’
    Piano Concerti No. 20, 24
Mussorgski
    Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)
Nielsen
    Helios Overture
Orff
    Carmina Burana
Prokofiev
    Symphonies No. 1 (Classical), 5
    Piano Concerti No. 2, 3
    Romeo and Juliet Suites No. 1, 2
    Ouverture sur des Thèmes Juifs
Rachmaninov
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor
    Symphony No. 3 in a minor
Ravel
    Bolero
    Ma Mere l’Oye
    La Valse
    Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
    Tombeau de Couperin
Respighi
    Fontane di Roma
    Pini di Roma
Rimsky-Korsakov
    Scheherazade
Rossini
    Semiramide Overture
Rota
    Concerto for Double Bass
Saint-Saëns
    Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony)
    Carneval of the Animals
    Cello Concerto in a minor
    Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Schoenberg
    Transfigured Night
    A Survivor from Warsaw
Schubert
    Symphonies No. 2, 5, 8, 9
Schumann
    Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’
    Manfred Overture
Shostakovich
    Symphonies No. 5, 9
Sibelius
    Symphonies No. 1, 2 and 3
    Violin Concerto in d minor
    Vårsång
Strauss, Richard
    Metamorphosen
    Horn Concerto No. 1 in e flat major
    4 Last Songs
Stravinsky
    Dumbarton Oaks
    Octet for Wind Instruments
    Symphony in 3 Movements
    Firebird Suite (1919)
Tchaikovsky
    Fatum
    Marche Slave
    Nutcracker Suite
    Romeo and Juliet
    Swan Lake Suite
    Symphonies No. 5, 6
Tubin
    Symphony No. 6
van Oosten
    Square
Verdi
    Overture to ‘La Forza del Destino’
    Overture to ‘Nabucco’
Wagner
    Wesendonck Lieder
    Siegfriedidyll
Weber
    Overture to ‘Der Freischütz’
Operático

 

Bernstein
    Candide
    West Side Story
Bizet
    Carmen
Bock & Stein
    The Fiddler on the Roof
Britten
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Gay
    Me and My Girl
Humperdinck
    Hänsel und Gretel
Lehár
    The Merry Widow
Leoncavallo
    I Pagliacci
Mozart
    Le Nozze di Figaro
    The Magic Flute
Puccini
    La Boheme
    Madama Butterfly
    Tosca
Rodgers and Hammerstein
    The Flower Drum Song
    The King and I
    Oklahoma
    The Sound of Music
    South Pacific
Schönberg
    Les Miserables
Stravinsky
    Jeu des Cartes
Wagner
    Der Fliegende Holländer
Weber
    Der Freischütz
Weill
    Street Scene

A name to watch out for.

Peter Connors

Bachtrack

SCHEDULE

27 October 2018 | 7.30 pm

Theater Erfurt

Ensemble, Chorus and Orchestra of the Theater Erfurt

Auber, Fra Diavolo

5 – 12 November 2018

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Symphony Orchestra

Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition

23 January 2019 | 1 pm

New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Glanert, Brahms Fantasie
Brahms, Symphony No. 2

 

24 February 2019 | 6 pm

Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich

Ensemble, Choir and Orchestra of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich

Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

 

27 February 2019 | 7 pm

Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich

Ensemble, Choir and Orchestra of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich

Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

 

2 March 2019 | 7 pm

Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich

Ensemble, Choir and Orchestra of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich

Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

 

Past Concerts

2017-2018
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege
    Theater Chemnitz (Marriage of Figaro)
    Theater Vorpommern (Casanova, Magic Flute, Me and My Girl, Tosca)
2016-2017
    Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
    Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
    Orchesterakademie Ski und Musik
    Theater Bremerhaven (La Boheme)
    RNCM Orchestras (Street Scene)
2015-2016
    Hallé Orchestra
    Harvestehuder Sinfonieorchester
    Järvi Academy Symphony Orchestra
    Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra
    Liverpool Mozart Orchestra
    Manchester Camerata
    Philips Orchestra
    RNCM Orchestras (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
    Stockport Symphony Orchestra
    Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra
    Vaasa City Orchestra

Media

CONTACT

General management

Lorna Neill
International Classical Artists

lneill@icartists.co.uk

Representation in Spain

Gerardo Gomez de Valcarcel
Linked Artists

gerardo@linkedartists.com

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