Alexander Shelley


Alexander Shelley is Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and was Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra from 2009 to 2017. He is also Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s ECHO and Deutsche Gründerpreis winning “Zukunftslabor”.

Born in London in 1979, Shelley studied cello and conducting in Germany. Unanimous winner of the 2005 Leeds Conductor’s Competition, he works regularly with leading international orchestras including the DSO Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Shelley’s operatic engagements have included The Merry Widow (Royal Danish Opera); La Bohème (Opera Lyra), Le nozze di Figaro (Opera North) and Così fan tutte (Montpellier), and in 2017 Harry Somers’ Louis Riel with the NAC Orchestra. Shelley has released recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, and Life Reflected and Encount3rs with the NAC Orchestra on the Analekta label.

This is Mr. Shelley’s debut with the ESO.