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Dynamic conductor Mark Shiell's passionate music-making invigorates audiences and musicians.
Currently serving as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra, Shiell is also the Principal Conductor of the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra and the Macquarie Philharmonia.
Whilst his commitment to his regular conducting posts account for the major portion of his yearly schedule, Shiell's guest conducting has included performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Victorian Opera and Sydney Sinfonia.
Conducting engagements have taken Shiell across the globe but his love of community and youth music has kept him busy contributing to the growth and development of important initiatives in both of these areas here in Australia. Among these have been the Melbourne New Orchestra, State Music Camp, Melbourne Youth Music Summer School, the Choir of the Southern Cross, the Canberra Concerto Orchestra and the Kanazawa Children's Orchestra. Currently he is working to develop an annual regional orchestra weekend for ensembles from across Victoria to meet and perform together.
Shiell is in his fourth season as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Zelman Symphony. Among the hallmarks of this periods are a sharp rise in standards, programming which has grown in scope and ambition, innovative collaboration and the growth of audience numbers to an unprecedented level.