Jack Sheen

I am a conductor, composer, and curator, from Manchester, working within orchestral, operatic, contemporary and interdisciplinary repertoire.

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Jack Sheen (1993) is a conductor and composer from Manchester.

The 2019/20 season will see him return to the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Northern Sinfonia, and make his debut with the London Sinfonietta at King’s Place. This year saw Jack take up a Tanglewood Conducting Fellowship, receive a Jerwood Creative Fellowship with Manchester International Festival and become the first ever composer to be awarded a Richard Carne Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

In 2017 at the age of 23 Jack became the RNCM's youngest ever Junior Fellow in Conducting, appointed by Sir Mark Elder, during which time he worked with orchestras across Europe including the Hallé, the London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra, and Halberstadt Orchestra. Last year saw him conduct productions of Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Henning Christiansen’s Dejligt vejr i dag, n'est-ce pas, Ibsen. He has performed at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals, and has appeared numerous times on BBC Radio 3’s flagship programmes (Music Matters, Open Ear, and New Music Show).

Alongside Tanglewood, Jack has taken part in prestigious masterclasses around the globe, including the Lucerne Festival Academy, Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, Dartington Summer School, and Royaumont Voix Nouvelles. He regularly works as an assistant-conductor to Thomas Adès, and has frequently worked alongside Ilan Volkov and Richard Baker.

Jack is one of the curators behind London Contemporary Music Festival (‘the capital’s most adventurous and ambitious festival of new music’ The Guardian, ‘London’s most important festival’, The Wire) and is the Director of the experimental music group An assembly. In 2018 he co-founded the LCMF Orchestra, whose radical focus on interdisciplinary commissions from composers, improvisers, visual artists and choreographers debuted to critical acclaim (‘music is rarely so entertaining or hard-hitting’, The Telegraph). Described as ‘the omnipresent wunderkind of British new music’ (TEMPO), Jack regularly works with the UK’s most progressive groups, including Apartment House, EXAUDI, and Psappha, and has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers and visual artists, including Christian Wolff, Michael Finnissy, Cerith Wyn Evans, Heiner Goebbels, Gerald Barry, Chaya Czernowin, Cassandra Miller, Sir George Benjamin, Julian Anderson, and Eli Keszler.

Equally at home within internationally established and grass-roots activity, Jack's music encompasses concert works and performance-installations. His work has been performed by orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, ensembles including Apartment House, Les Métaboles and Plus Minus Ensemble, and commissioned by organisations such as London Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Northern Chords, and BBC Young Artists Day. He has held residencies at Abbaye de Royaumont and the Camargo Foundation, and has had pieces realised at the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, the Baltic (Gateshead), and Holden Gallery (Manchester).

Awards include a Rovaumont Voix Nouvelle Composition Prize (2018), Royal Philharmonic Prize for Composition (2016), an RNCM Gold Medal (2012) and BBC Young Composer of the Year (2011). Between 2016-17 Jack held an Artist Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, after completing a Masters at the School with Distinction. He graduated from the RNCM and University of Manchester Joint Course with First class honours in 2015.

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