Philip Sheppard is a virtuoso cellist, composer, producer and creative thinker.
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Philip’s talent for bridging musical genres, media and industries has led to rather interesting collaborations. He’s worked with David Bowie, Alexander McQueen, Jeff Buckley, UNKLE, Pretty Lights, The Weeknd and Queens of the Stone Age. He has composed & produced new stage works for actress Juliette Binoche, dancers Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan, and virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
He has scored more than 30 films including In the Shadow of the Moon, winner of the Sundance Audience Award, and Love, Marilyn starring Uma Thurman and Glenn Close. You could even hear his cello in space thanks to Astronaut Cady Coleman. Indeed, continuing the space theme, his music was recently used by JJ Abrams and Disney to promote Star Wars VII, the Force Awakens.
Philip has had a long association with the BBC, recently scoring Brian Cox’s landmark TV show, Human Universe,
Philip has been a music producer for large-scale events such as the London 2012 Olympics for which he arranged, recorded and produced all 206 of the world’s national anthems for use over the next 25 years. He was also the producer for London’s sequence in the Beijing Olympics Closing Ceremony. In 2014, he produced Le Tour de France Grand Départ and this fall, he is adding the Rugby World Cup to his portfolio. He recently appeared as a soloist with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.
In 2010, Philip was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a lifetime achievement award for services to music and education.
He is in much demand as a public speaker with frequent appearances for C2MTL, the EG, La Ciudad and Cannes Lions amongst many other leading conferences. He is on the advisory board of Hatch, a creativity organisation and think tank leading the way in mentoring new businesses and education initiatives..
Here are some of Philip’s rock collaborations:
With the introduction of the new music game Compose Yourself™ by ThinkFun, he can now add inventor to his credentials.
Philip was honoured 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.”