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New York Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer Sean Shepherd recently completed his tenure as the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellow of The Cleveland Orchestra, culminating with the premiere of Tuolumne in April 2013. Other recent performances include those with the New York Philharmonic; National, BBC, and New World symphony orchestras; leading European ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; and at festivals in Aldeburgh, Heidelberg, La Jolla, Lucerne, Santa Fe, and Tanglewood. He has been championed by conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Pablo Heras-Casado, Susanna Mälkki, Matthias Pintscher, and Franz Welser-Möst, as well as composer-conductors Oliver Knussen and George Benjamin. Mr. Shepherd’s most recent orchestral work, Magiya, written for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, toured the U.S. and Europe in summer 2013, led by Mr. Gergiev. In March 2013, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble debuted his Quintet at various New York venues. Following the premiere of These Particular Circumstances on the inaugural season of CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic’s new-music series, he composed Songs, to be premiered by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic in June 2014. Other recent premieres include Blue Blazes, a Hechinger Commission from the National Symphony Orchestra (performed in Washington, D.C. and on a South American tour); Blur for Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris and Cologne); Quartet for Oboe and Strings (Santa Fe and La Jolla Summer Festivals); and Trio for the Claremont Trio (Boston). Mr. Shepherd has received degrees in composition and bassoon performance from Indiana University and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and he pursued doctoral work at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. From 2010 to 2012 he was composer-in-residence of the Reno Philharmonic, his hometown orchestra. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

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