Harish Shankar is New Junior Fellow in Conducting

The RNCM is delighted to announce that Harish Shankar is the new Junior Fellow in Conducting, commencing in September 2014.

Malaysian-born Harish was one of 13 candidates chosen to attend the live auditions in early March, selected from over 100 applications. Two candidates made it through to the final round conducting the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Sibelius’ Second Symphony, following four rounds featuring chamber ensemble, a concerto, contemporary and chamber orchestra repertoire. Harish will now receive tuition from Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell, Mark Shanahan and visiting conductors, as well as conduct the RNCM Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and benefit from the College’s strong links with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

Harish, who resides in Germany, said: ‘The auditions were an adventure! The conducive, comradely and exciting atmosphere made a deep impression on me and the feedback the panel offered was invaluable.

‘Being elected Junior Fellow is a great honour for me and a thrilling new beginning. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell, Mark Shanahan and Mark Heron and hope that their guidance will help me develop as a musician and build a bridge to an artistically fulfilling career as a conductor.’

20 March 2014