Alexander Shelley succeeded Pinchas Zukerman as Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in September 2015. The ensemble has since been praised as “an orchestra transformed… hungry, bold, and unleashed” (Ottawa Citizen) and his programming credited for turning the orchestra “into one of the more audacious orchestras in North America.” (Maclean’s)
In 2017, Alexander Shelley concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker, a position he held since September 2009. The partnership was hailed by press and audience alike as a golden era, where he transformed the ensemble’s playing, education work and international touring activities.
In January 2015, he became Principal Associate Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he curates an annual series of concerts in London and tours both nationally and internationally.
“A natural communicator both on and off the podium” (Daily Telegraph), Alexander Shelley works regularly with many leading orchestras including the Leipzig Gewand-haus Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.Read full NAC bio ›
In her well-stocked workshop, puppeteer Marcelle Hudon uses glue, paper and other materials to invent fabulous worlds and bring curious creatures to life. She mixes shadow theatre, video projections and animated objects in her own unique way, and her eye-catching shows are a blend of the visual arts and the performing arts. She has toured and presented her productions at several international festivals. Marcelle has also worked on projects for adults and young audiences in various capacities, not only as a performer and director, but also as a stage, shadow theatre and puppet designer. This incredibly talented conjurer’s work has been presented on stage, and in film and television productions.Read full NAC bio ›
One of Canada’s finest flutists, Joanna G’froerer enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and educator. She has been principal flutist of Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra since 1992.
A native of Vancouver, Ms. G’froerer comes from a family of professional musicians. She studied flute in Vancouver with Kathleen Rudolph, and became the first wind player to graduate from the Vancouver Academy of Music. Her education included summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Joanna studied at McGill University with Timothy Hutchins, principal flutist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and she earned a Licentiate in Music from McGill in 1993. Joanna was the first prize winner (winds and brass) of the Montreal Symphony Competition in 1990.Read full NAC bio ›
Mathieu Marcil has been creating lighting designs for various theatre companies since 1991. From Carbone 14 to Omnibus by way of the Groupe de la Veillée, the companies he works with reflect his affinity for physical theatre. His interest in young audiences has also led him to work regularly with the children’s theatre companies Bouches décousues and Le Clou. Always on the lookout for new lighting experiences, he has exported his skills to various disciplines, including circus, with Les Gens d’R (Échos, presented at the 2000 Venice Biennale). His research on the relationship between lighting and the physical body sparked his interest in the puppeteer’s craft. “Sensitive” is the word most often used to describe his lighting designs.Read full NAC bio ›
Laurie is delighted to return to the Family Adventures series with the NAC Orchestra.Past shows with the NAC Orchestra have included The Hockey Sweater, The Magic Horn, A Paintbrush for Piccolo, La Diva Malbouffa, Humour and Music, Vivaldi and the Four Seasons and Britten War Requiem. When not enjoying the music of the NAC Orchestra, Laurie stage manages for the NAC English Theatre, (most recently, carried away on the crest of a wave and Up to Low), as well as for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival and other theatres across Canada.Read full NAC bio ›