Philip Sheppard

Composer, Producer and Virtuoso Cellist

Uniquely innovative and engaging, who makes you think and rethink

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Biography

Philip Sheppard is a composer, producer, virtuoso cellist, a pioneer of the electric cello and a creative thinker. He has gathered international acclaim for his diverse career as an innovative performer — his work reinvents perceptions of classical music and succeeds in engaging a huge range of audiences from differing musical backgrounds. His fascination with music began at the age of 3, when he was found to have perfect pitch, and by the age of 10, he was touring the US. At 17, he was awarded a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where he is now a Professor. In 2010, Philip was inducted as a Fellow there with a lifetime achievement award for services to music and education.

A pioneer of electronic technology in classical music, Philip is in high demand to speak at conferences throughout the world about creativity and to demonstrate the possibilities of performance and spontaneous composition. He has spoken at C2MTL, EG, PlayCon, Gathering for Gardner and Cannes Lions. Philip has also designed and delivered seminars and workshops for companies such as Google, EY and many other top firms. He has also been contracted as a game inventor for the prestigious ThinkFun company in the U.S., with his first game, Compose Yourself, published in February 2015.

The closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing saw Philip produce the handover sequence, during which Leona Lewis performed 'Whole Lotta Love' with Jimmy Page on a London bus. For the 2012 Olympics, he arranged all 206 national anthems for use at the event’s medal ceremonies and conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra during recording. Philip’s success with the UK’s large-scale sporting events led to an engagement to conduct the orchestra and chorus of Opera North at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France in Leeds. He also composed new works for the event, based around the sounds of cycling, one of which — The Ride of Your Life — was used for the ceremony’s opening sequence.

As a writer and collaborator, Philip has worked with some of the biggest names in musical history: David Bowie, Jeff Buckley, Jarvis Cocker and Queens of the Stone Age. He is a true technological innovator, pioneering the use of electronics in conjunction with classical music in his performances to new audiences around the world. In this vein, he recently appeared as a soloist with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas alongside John Legend.

Philip is in high demand as a composer and arranger. He has scored more than 30 feature films, many of which have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival every year since his 2007 debut 'In the Shadow of the Moon' won the prestigious audience award. In this light, his cello can be heard in space thanks to Astronaut Cady Coleman and in keeping with this theme, his music was recently used by JJ Abrams and Disney to promote Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. He also has a long association with the BBC, recently scoring Brian Cox’s landmark TV show, Human Universe.

Philip was honored with BBC’s Music Production of the Year for The Manchester Passion and was recently named as one of Origin Magazine’s 'Top 100 Creatives' in the U.S.

Videos

Composer & Cellist Philip Sheppard in Conversation with Sid Lee's Will Travis

C2 Montréal 2014

Philip Sheppard composes tango from audience member's phone number

La Ciudad de las Ideas 2012 "The Magic of If"

Instant Mozart: Music Games for Children

Feedback

An international design and consulting firm:
Philip — My favorite moment (amongst many - what a mesmerizing storyteller you are!) remains the improv piece and the casualness with which you created it … and then discarded it. Nothing is too precious when a master of one’s craft. In [ . . . ] terms, it was the equivalent of a beautiful sketch on a post-it, gloriously discussed one moment, then abandoned in the trash the next, confidently knowing ‘there’s alway more where that came from.’ The packed house clearly demonstrated our studio's new-found Philip crush.

We lost count of how many people sought us out to say thanks for your talk. Thank you from all of us.

A global world-class technology conference:
Philip is great, 5 out of 5 points.

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