Howard Shelley


Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley has enjoyed great success as both a pianist and conductor.

Life and Music

  • Howard grew up in London and was educated at the Royal College of Music .
  • After winning the premier prize at the Royal College of Music at the end of his first year, Howard Shelley's career began with a successful London recital and a televised Promenade concert with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas in the same season. Since then he has performed regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Russia, Australia, and the Far East. He has also made over seventy-five commercial recordings.
  • In 1985 Howard Shelley made his professional debut as a conductor. He has held positions of Associate and Principal Guest Conductor with the London Mozart Players in a close relationship of over twenty years.
  • Shelley has also been Principal Conductor of Sweden's Uppsala Chamber Orchestra and works closely with the Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto in Italy and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Australia with whom he has recorded several discs.

Did you know?
Shelley has appeared on the soundtrack of several films including Un coeur en hiver (1992), Anna Karenina (1997) and Testimony (1988). In the latter film, directed by Tony Palmer, Ben Kingsley played the part of Dmitri Shostakovich, miming to Howard Shelley's piano.

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra



Album reviews

Mozart Requiem Hary Christophers A Requiem Full Of Life

With Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society, Mozart’s final masterpiece has never sounded so exciting


Howard Shelley John Suchet Meets Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley not only plays piano and conducts, but he also does both at the same time. He offers Classic FM's John Suchet a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his Beethoven recording session – and a bit of conductor gossip.

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