Harish Shankar

Harish Shankar


Watching him for only the second time tonight he displayed a confidence and passion in his conducting and knows how to bring out the best from such a large ensemble...
— North West End (RNCM Symphony Orchestra)


Lorna Neill

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Charismatic Malaysian-born conductor Harish Shankar enjoys an ever-increasing global presence on the podium. Mr Shankar currently holds the position of 1.Kapellmeister at the Theater & Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern. He previously held the positions as Resident Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Harvestehude Sinfonieorchester Hamburg as well as  a recent Junior Fellowship of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he received mentorship from Sir Mark Elder. Hailed for his finely-honed skill and passionate conducting, Mr Shankar was a prize winner of the most recent International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in Finland.

Highlights of his 2017/18 season include his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the UK, as well as a series of symphony concerts with the Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern in both Stralsund and Greifswald.

Also in the various associated theatres of north German Vorpommern, his scenic highlights for the 2017/18 season include a new production of Die Zauberflöte, Noel Gay’s Me and My Girl and a ballet production Casanova based on music by Mozart and John Adams...