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.