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Alexander Shelley with Dinuk Wijeratne

Sri Lankan-born Canadian Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO and multi-award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist who will be joining the uOttawa’s School of Music faculty this year as Professor of Orchestral Studies, and as Artistic Director, uOttawa Orchestra. Join Dinuk and NAC’s Music Director Alexander Shelley as they talk about the 21st century orchestra and musician, …

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Gabriela Montero and Stewart Goodyear

Join Alexander Shelley as he chats with Gabriela Montero and Stewart Goodyear about how a composer-performer uses an adaptive mindset in their work. Venezuelan composer-pianist Gabriela Montero has said that improvisation is “the most natural musical state I can find myself in,” where “nothing at all exists until I do it in the moment.” Canadian …

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Alexander Shelley and Naomi Woo

Join Naomi Woo and Alexander Shelley as they chat on how they prepare for a week of rehearsals and performance with a professional orchestra. The hours of planning a conductor undertakes to prepare for a performance require every bit as much hard work, skill, acuity, and musical dexterity as that of the most seasoned instrumentalist. …

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Ian Cusson

In this eighth and final episode of the first series of Musically Speaking, Alexander speaks with Canadian composer Ian Cusson about his path into music, his compositional technique and inspiration, indigenous perspectives, as well as his experiences as composer in residence with both Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.

Daniel Hope

In this seventh episode of Musically Speaking, Alexander speaks with one of the world’s leading violinists, Daniel Hope. Alongside his career as a virtuoso soloist, Daniel is an author, producer, television host and musical activist. In this conversation with Alexander, Daniel discusses his life, his activism, his musical passions and his work during the Covid19 …

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Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette

In the sixth episode of Musically Speaking, Alexander speaks with Canadian Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette. Engineer, scientist and astronaut, she is also an accomplished singer and currently a member of the Ottawa Bach Choir.

Jeremy Dutcher

In this fifth episode of Musically Speaking, Alexander speaks with the Polaris Prize and JUNO-award winning singer song-writer Jeremy Dutcher, who also performs live. For more on this and future episodes visit www.nac-cna.ca or www.alexandershelley.com

Jan Lisiecki

In this fourth episode of Musically Speaking, Alexander speaks with Canadian star pianist, JUNO-award winning Jan Lisiecki. Jan also performs music by Chopin and Mendelssohn live from his home in Calgary.

Measha Brueggergosman

In this third episode of Musically Speaking, Alexander interviews Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman. A self-described musical omnivore, she is a Juno-award winner, Grammy-nominee, best-selling author and survivor of two open heart surgeries.

Gabriela Montero

In this instalment of Musically Speaking, Alexander Shelley speaks to pianist, composer and improviser Gabriela Montero who is also the soloist in Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto on the NAC latest album, released on Friday, May 8th.

James Ehnes

In this first episode he speaks to violin virtuoso James Ehnes, incoming Artist in Residence of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.