Alexander Shelley succeeded Pinchas Zukerman as Music Director of Canada’s NAC Orchestra in September 2015. The ensemble has since been praised as being “transformed… hungry, bold, and unleashed” (Ottawa Citizen) and Shelley’s programming credited for turning the orchestra into “one of the more audacious in North America.” (Maclean’s)
Shelley is a champion of Canadian creation; recent hallmarks include the multimedia project Life Reflected, and three major new ballets in partnership with NAC Dance for Encount3rs. He and the NAC Orchestra have made four recordings with Montreal label Analekta: Life Reflected, Encount3rs, the JUNO-nominated New Worlds, and The Bounds of Our Dreams.
He is passionate about arts education and nurturing the next generation of musicians. He led 1,300 youth in a concert for Ottawa’s Ignite 150, and worked closely with Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia during the NAC Orchestra’s Canada 150 Tour.
Alexander Shelley is also Principal Associate Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was Chief Conductor of the Nuremburg Symphony from 2009 to 2017. He has conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Stockholm Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, among others. In May 2019, he will lead the Orchestra on its 50th Anniversary European tour.
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The Music Director role is supported by Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, C.M., O.N.L., LL.D. (hc)
Acclaimed for her musicality and versatility, Erin Wall sings an extensive opera and concert repertoire spanning three centuries, from Mozart and Beethoven to Britten and Strauss.
Erin Wall’s current season includes two exciting role debuts: Elettra in Idomeneo at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chrysothemis in Elektra at the Canadian Opera Company. She will also sing Marguerite in Faust with the Washington National Opera and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in concert with the NAC Orchestra.
Notable concert appearances will include the Four Last Songs with the Chicago Symphony and Edward Gardner, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Franz Welser-Möst, the War Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian at the BBC Proms, and a European tour with the NAC Orchestra singing Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child and Zosha Di Castri’s Dear Life. Erin Wall will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vancouver Symphony.
In recital, Erin Wall will partner with Carolyn Maule at the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival. Future engagements include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, the Toronto Symphony, the Bergen Philharmonic and a debut with Barcelona’s Liceu.Read full NAC bio ›
At 24, pianist Jan Lisiecki is acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility; he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times).
In 2017, Lisiecki received the ECHO Klassik, as well as a JUNO Award, honouring his fourth recording for Deutsche Grammophon featuring Chopin’s works for piano and orchestra. His latest album for the label, released in February 2019, features both Mendelssohn concertos with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as selected solo works. Lisiecki has worked closely with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado. Recent highlights include recitals in Europe and Asia and debuts with the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. In 2018–2019, he returned to Carnegie Hall for a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and will be on tour with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra through Europe.
Lisiecki has appeared many times with the NAC Orchestra since his debut in 2006, both at the NAC and on their tours. In 2013, he became the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist award, and received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Jan Lisiecki is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon.Read full NAC bio ›