Jack Sheen (1993 - ) is a composer and conductor from Manchester. He currently holds an Artist Fellowship in Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. In 2017 at the age of 23 he became the RNCM's youngest ever Junior Fellow in Conducting, appointed by Sir Mark Elder.
Jack has written music for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Young Artists Day, the Aldeburgh Festival, EXAUDI, Psappha, Plus Minus Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, and Opera North. In 2016 he was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for composition and in 2011 won BBC Young Composer of the Year.
Since 2014 Jack has conducted at international festivals and academies including the Lucerne Festival Academy, Dartington International Summer School, Cheltenham Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, IMPULS Academy and the Ensemble Linea Academy. He has collaborated with ensembles and artists such as ACM Ensemble, the Halberstadt Orchestra, Lore Lixenberg, Sarah Nichols and Psappha. His work as assistant to Ilan Volkov and Richard Baker has led to engagements with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bit20 Ensemble (Norway) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
Jack is the curator and co-director of ddmmyy, a concert/events series dedicated to commissioning and contextualising experimental music, installation and performance. ddmmyy has worked with composers, performers, artists, film makers and choreographers including Laurence Crane, Dori Deng & Meta Drčar, Larry Goves, Michael Finnissy, Jürg Frey, Eli Keszler, Cassandra Miller, Matthew Sergeant, Tim Parkinson, and Jennifer Walshe, in concerts, installations and performance events in London and Manchester.
In 2016 Jack completed a Masters as a Leverhulme Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Distinction), studying composition with James Weeks and conducting with Tim Redmond, supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust. In 2015 he graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music & University of Manchester Joint Course (First-class honours), where he studied composition with Larry Goves and David Horne, and conducting with Mark Heron.
Whilst a student, Jack was awarded the Guildhall School’s Ian Horsbrugh Memorial Prize for Composition (2016), the University of Manchester’s Hargreaves Prize for Composition (2014), Highly Commended in the Royal Intercollegiate Theodor Holland Prize (2013), the RNCM Grindon/Dearden Composition Award (2013), and an RNCM Gold Medal (2012).
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