“As a music director and established conductor, Alexander understands that to connect, we must have compassion. For him, this means compassion for the stories being told through music. Whether it’s Romeo and Juliet (with the Royal Danish Opera) or Louis Riel (with the Canadian Opera Company and the NAC Orchestra) or symphonic music like Sibelius’ symphonies and Handel’s Messiah (which will be featured at the NAC this season), Alexander has mastered a compassionate connection with each composer, enabling him to tell the stories within.
Compassion was also a driving force in Alexander to not only becoming the Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, but being involved in many other incredible musical experiences, such as conducting the Royal Philharmonic and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestras. Alexander Shelley’s ability to connect through compassion has led him to do great things in his career and his craft.”