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Stephen Ellery – Associate Conductor

Stephen Ellery – Associate Conductor

Stephen Ellery is an experienced orchestral conductor who has recently conducted the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in London, the Krakow Filharmonia in Poland and Osaka Philharmonic in Japan among others.

He has been the Associate Conductor of the English Concert Orchestra and also of English Studio Opera for three years. From 2005 he has been a regular guest conductor of the Locrian Ensemble of London with whom he has performed a wide spectrum of works by composers from Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky to Bartók, Barber, Britten and Polish composer Marek Stachowski.

In Poland this year he has conducted music by Philip Glass and Aarvo Part with the Filharmonia Krakowska. With the Bialystok Filharmonia Podlaska alongside Chopin Prizewinner Kevin Kenner, he performed Chopin’s First Piano Concerto and was re-engaged to close their season with a special performance of La Bohème.

Other orchestras and opera companies Stephen Ellery has worked with  include Tokyo City Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Gunma Symphony, Tokatsu Opera, Kansai 21 Century, Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, Sinfonica Nacional de Peru, Lublin Philharmonic, Kielce Philharmonic, Sofia Festival, Silesian Philharmonic, Olsztyn Philharmonic, Radom Chamber Orchestra, Plock Symphony Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony, Vladivostok Pacific Ocean Symphony, Yakutsk State Opera, Hanoi Philharmonic, Calcutta Music Foundation Orchestra and the Ghana National Symphony Orchestra.

He gave the first performance of Bruckner Symphony No 5 in Vladivostok and Walton Symphony No 1 in Krasnoyarsk. His large-scale symphonic repertoire includes works by Beethoven (all Symphonies), Schumann (all Symphonies), Brahms (all Symphonies), Mahler (Symphonies 1,4,5,7, Das Lied von der Erde),  Respighi (Pines of Rome), Sibelius (Symphonies 1,2,4,5,7), Tchaikovsky (all Symphonies), Rachmaninov (Symphonies 2,3 and Symphonic Dances), Scriabin (Symphony 1 and Poem of Ecstasy), Borodin (Symphony 2), Prokofiev (Symphony 1,3,5,7) and Stravinsky (Rite of Spring, Firebird, Petrushka). Alongside first performances of works by young British, Yakutian, Peruvian, Japanese and Indian composers he has conducted music by Takemitsu, Lutoslawski, Varese, Webern, and Boulez.

As well as the core Mozart, Verdi and Puccini operas Ellery’s repertoire includes Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartók) and Russian masterpieces such as Evgeni Onegin, Yolanta and Boris Gudonov. With the Musica Santangelo Opera Company in Tokyo, he has conducted Don Giovanni, Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Suor Angelica, Pagliacci and Serva Padrona.  He recently made his German Opera Conducting début with performances of The Magic Flute and Carmen.

Choirs he has worked with recently include the Tallis Chamber Choir, London Chorale and the Hastings Philharmonic Choir.  He has conducted a number of acclaimed choral concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London and directed a special performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in Poland.

Stephen Ellery originally studied as a composer and conductor in Krakow, Poland and then specialised in conducting in St Petersburg, Russia, under Maestro Ilia Musin from 1991-95. He has won prizes in conducting competitions in Poland, Romania, and the UK.  He speaks Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Russian, German, French and Italian and now lives in London with his wife and teenage son.

Press quotes and comments about Stephen Ellery’s conducting

“The performance was excellent.”
Richard Brennan, The Archipelago of Truth, London 2010

“….under Stephen Ellery’s baton the orchestra sounded joyful and you could hear how engaged the musicians were in building up the climaxes.  He shaped unusual images and consecutive phrases resulting in streams of intense emotion, dramatic turns and moving lyricism.”
Gazetta Wyborcza, Poland

“Stephen Ellery demonstrated total understanding of the work (Shostakovich Symphony No. 1), conducting with success this complex and inspired symphony.”
El Commercio, Peru

“If you are in or near London on Friday night, I urge you to go to St. Pancras Old Church in Pancras Road, NW1 1UL, and hear the fantastic World Youth Chamber Orchestra.  Earlier tonight I heard them play in St. Mary’s Church in Walthamstow.  They were outstanding.”
Richard Brennan, The Archipelago of Truth, London 2010

“He is a talented musician with natural conducting abilities, temperament, and a lively character…He has mastered a large repertoire and has developed excellent conducting skills.”
Professor Ilia Musin, St. Petersburg Conservatory

“The Fantasy on a Theme of Thomas Tallis……was interpreted with conviction by Stephen Ellery who revealed an ample knowledge of the score.”
El Commercio, Peru

“Every performance was meticulously prepared, and performed with great passion and panache.”
Andrew Downes, Composer

“One of those rare people who can make everyone feel good and find just the right amount of humour to humanise the situation….he was the front runner in the opera and contemporary (music) field.”
Edward Warren, Conductor

“In terms of inspiration, originality and sheer determination he seems to have something special to offer.”
Maestro Jonathan Del Mar, Conductor                                                                                                           

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