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 Philhar-monic 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)
Ian Cameron has made a career working where video and music intersect, from art installations, video projections, art direction, music videos, to live multicamera direction. As a director, he has worked with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, the Concerto Della Donna choir, as well as other soloists and ensembles. The live concerts he has directed can be seen on CBC and Medici.tv. He has also worked with artists from Kendrick Lamar, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Patrick Watson, F*cked Up and The Barr Brothers. This is Cameron’s fifth season with the NAC Orchestra’s Casual Fridays series.
Tobi Hunt McCoy is enjoying another year as Season Stage Manager with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In past seasons, McCoy stage managed the Lord of the Rings Symphony, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Christopher Plummer in 2001 and Colm Feore in 2014, and much of the Orchestra’s educational and Pops programming. In 2014, she co-produced the Pops show On the Air with Jack Everly for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a show they produced in 2007 for the NAC Orchestra.Read full NAC bio ›