REPRESENTATION IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
Hailed for his exacting skills and passionate conducting, the charismatic Malaysian born Harish Shankar enjoys a growing global presence on the podium. As prize winner of the 2015 International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition, Mr Shankar currently holds the position of First Kapellmeister at the Theater Vorpommern.
Current highlights include his debuts with the City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. Previous appearances include Jena Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Braunschweig, Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo, North Czech Philharmonic, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra and his critically acclaimed debut with The Hallé at Bridgewater Hall. With an active voice in the media, Harish Shankar has been featured in ‘Classical Music Magazine’ and interviewed on BBC Radio 3.
Early studies with Eiji Oue led to an invitation to lead the orchestra of the award-winning El Sistema project in Peru. During his tenure with El Sistema, he conducted a number of regular and cross-over projects with the aim to engage a growing classical music scene and to bring together children from all walks of life through music. He subsequently completed his Master’s in Conducting at the prestigious Conservatoire of Weimar, Germany under the tutelage of Professor Gunter Kahlert. Harish Shankar has received mentorship from Sir Mark Elder with masterclasses from Paavo Järvi, Nicolás Pasquet, Leonid Grin and Mark Stringer.
As assistant conductor he has worked closely with a number of renowned conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Vasily Petrenko, Eckehard Stier and Juanjo Mena – among others with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
A pianist by training, Harish Shankar took piano lessons from the age of six with Penny Kam and Loo Bang Hean before being accepted into the class of noted pianist Professor Konstanze Eickhorst at the Conservatoire of Lübeck.
In his free time Harish Shankar serves as an emergency pedagogue, helping traumatised children with the Friends of Waldorf Education.