Fergus Sheil conductor
Fergus Sheil studied music in Trinity College in his native Dublin and trained in conducting with Léon Barzin in Paris. In 1995 he won the BRI Conducting competition run by the National Association of Youth Orchestras in the UK. He has appeared in concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia (UK), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and many other groups.
Fergus has also worked for Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Theatre Company. In 2008 he became music director of Lyric Opera Productions. His repertoire includes Mozart's The Magic Flute, Rossini's La cenerentola, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Lucia di Lammermoor, Bellini's Norma, Verdi's Aida, I due Foscari, Attila (Irish première) and Nabucco, Bizet's Carmen, Puccini's La bohème and Madama Butterfly as well as Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse, Brian Irvine's The Tailor's Daughter (Irish première) and Michael Gordon's Van Gogh (world première of 2003 version).
Fergus is also active in the choral field and has appeared with numerous professional, amateur and youth choirs. Recent highlights include the 2008 première of Ian Wilson's Harbouring for Wexford County Council involving massed choirs from the county, and the 2010 inauguration of the Kilkenny Festival Chorus as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Strongly committed to contemporary music, Fergus has conducted over 30 premières of new works, including Arvo Pärt's The Deer's Cry, which he premièred with the State Choir Latvija in 2008. From 2002 until 2004 he worked as director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading contemporary music group. He has also recorded a number of new works by Irish composers with the Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for radio broadcast.
Internationally, Fergus has undertaken engagements in the USA, South Africa, Australia, UK, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Estonia.