Biography

"sensual, instinctive conducting"
The Independent on Sunday

MARK SHANAHAN, of Irish parentage, studied at Chetham’s school of Music and London University before joining the post-graduate conducting course at the Royal Academy of Music as the Sir Henry Wood conducting Scholar. He won the NAYO Conducting Competition for European Music Year.

His orchestral work includes broadcasts and concerts with the BBC, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, the Orchestre Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Netherlands Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the Georges Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and The English Northern Philharmonia. He is Artistic Director of the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the UK, operatic productions include Otello, La Boheme, The Barber of Seville, The Force of Destiny, Ernani and Tosca for English National Opera; and Rigoletto and La Traviata for Opera North. Mark has conducted for Opera Ireland, Grange Park, and the Wexford Festival.

International engagements include Tosca, Death in Venice, Nabucco and Simon Boccanegra for Oper Frankfurt; Mikado at La Fenice, Venice, La Traviata for Nationale Reisopera, Holland; he made his French debut with Nantes-Angers Opera for their acclaimed production of Jenufa which was awarded the Claude Rostand Critique award 2007. He returned for further productions of Cosi fan Tutte, The Rape of Lucretia, and The Makropulos Case . Following his debut in Marseilles with Jenufa , he will return in 2011 for concerts with the Opera Orchestra.

He has recently returned from Nantes after a new production of Falstaff. Future engagements include La Boheme (2012) and La Clemenza di Tito(2013) for Marseilles, Jenufa for Lille, and Adriana Lecouvreur for Oper Frankfurt in 2012. Recent orchestral work includes Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Strauss Alpine Symphony.

He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.