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Howard Shelley


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Howard Shelley (born March 9, 1950) is a British pianist and conductor. He was educated at Highgate School and the Royal College of Music. He is married to fellow pianist Hilary Macnamara, with whom he has performed and recorded in a two-piano partnership, and they have two sons.

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 1994, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Music was conferred on him by HRH The Prince of Wales.

As pianist he has performed, broadcast and recorded around the world with leading orchestras and conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pierre Boulez, Sir Adrian Boult, Colin Davis, Mariss Jansons, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Kurt Sanderling. During the fortieth anniversary of Rachmaninov’s death he became the first pianist ever to perform the composer’s complete solo piano works in concert. The five London recitals, in London’s Wigmore Hall, were broadcast in their entirety by the BBC.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Rachmaninov’s death Howard Shelley gave many concerts including a recital in the Leipzig Gewandhaus on the death-day itself and a recital at Rachmaninov’s villa in Lucerne at the invitation of the composer’s grandson.

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