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. (hc)
Firmly positioned as a leading exponent of his instrument, “the hottest guitarist in the world” (Sunday Times), Miloš Karadaglić, continues to top record charts and delight audiences worldwide. His 2014 Deutsche Grammophon recording of Rodrigo’s concertos had the Sunday Times calling him “the King of Aranjuez,” while Blackbird – The Beatles Album (2016) was received with unanimous acclaim.
Miloš has appeared in recital at almost all major concert halls and festivals around the globe and has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. He is also the first ever classical guitarist to have performed in solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Committed to commissioning new repertoire, especially when it comes to the repertoire for guitar and orchestra, Miloš’s 2018–2019 season includes another concerto world premiere, this time of Howard Shore’s first ever guitar concerto, The Forest. He is making his NAC debut with this premiere.
Born in Montenegro in 1983, Miloš Karadaglić successfully applied for a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music and moved to London where he still lives today. He records exclusively for Decca Classics/Universal Music and performs on a 2007 Greg Smallman guitar.
Composer Howard Shore has won three Academy Awards, four GRAMMYs® and three Golden Globes, as well as numerous critic and festival awards for his music. He has also been honoured with six Canadian Screen/Genie Awards for his work with David Cronenberg. He has scored over 80 films and La Cinematheque Francaise recently presented a retrospective of his work in Paris. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France and the recipient of Canada’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
Shore studied in Boston with the esteemed choral composer John Bavicchi. His opera, The Fly (2008) premiered at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera. Other recent works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang (2010), the song cycle A Palace Upon the Ruins featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (2014), the cello concerto Mythic Gardens featuring Sophie Shao (2012), Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia (2008), Sea to Sea (2017) in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, and the song cycle L’Aube which was premiered in October 2017, performed by Susan Platts and commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 2018 saw the premiere performance of Shore’s Latin Mass for the Hof Church in Lucerne, Switzerland.