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Promotional photograph of Alexander Shelley
Promotional photograph of Alexander Shelley


Jo Fry

Jo Fry

Associate Director
Dora Michael

Dora Michael

Assistant Artist Manager


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Alexander

Music Director: National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa Artistic and Music Director Designate: Artis—Naples, Florida Principal Associate Conductor: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London

Alexander Shelley is Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alexander has recently been appointed as Artistic and Music Director of Artis­­—Naples in Florida, which will see him provide artistic leadership for Naples Philharmonic, as well as for the entire multidisciplinary arts organisation. He now takes up the position of Artistic and Music Director Designate before beginning his tenure as Artistic and Music Director from season 2024/25.

He is also Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s ECHO and Deutsche Gründerpreis-winning “Zukunftslabor”. In August 2017 Alexander concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker, a position he held since September 2009.

Unanimous winner of the 2005 Leeds Conductors' Competition, he has since worked regularly with the leading orchestras of Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Orchester Hannover, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Milwaukee, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.

Alexander’s operatic engagements have included The Merry Widow and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet (Den Kongelige Opera); La bohème (Opera Lyra/National Arts Centre), Iolanta (Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen), Così fan tutte (Opéra national de Montpellier), and The Marriage of Figaro (Opera North) in 2015. In 2017 he led a co-production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel with the NACO and Canadian Opera Company.

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Season Highlights

Oct 2023
Cadogan Hall, London
Richard Strauss: Don Juan Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 Bizet: Carmen Suite No.1 Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Felix Klieser, Horn
Oct 2023
Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Strauss: Don Juan Reena Esmail / Kala Ramnath: Concerto for Hindustani Violin Sofia Gubaidulina: Fairy-Tale Poem Strauss: Death and Transfiguration Seattle Symphony Kala Ramnath, Hindustani Violin
Oct 2023
Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis
Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6 Hailstork: JFK The Last Speech Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano