Meet the VSO’s new Principal Cello, Henry Shapard
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Henry Shapard, at age 21, is one of the youngest principal cellists of any major orchestra in North America. Henry has lots to share about music, life, and the Gulda Cello Concerto he recently recorded with the VSO. Join VSO School of Music student, interviewer and podcaster Britney Do in this enjoyable interview with Henry.
Henry Shapard, Principal Cello
Britney Do, Interviewer & VSO School of Music Violin Student
Britney and Henry discuss Henry’s performance of Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Cello and Wind Ensemble, available on demand at TheConcertHall.ca
Britney Dawn Do is a high school violinist at the VSO School of Music’s Sinfonietta string ensemble. She is currently studying violin under Yuri Zaidenberg and composition with Canadian composer, Rodney Sharman.
Henry Shapard was appointed Principal Cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in March of 2020. Before joining the VSO, he briefly held the position of Principal Cello of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was appointed by the RIPO’s Artistic Adviser—and Music Director Emeritus of the VSO—Bramwell Tovey.
In May 2020, Henry graduated with distinction from Yale University with a degree in History, where he was named Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Bach Society Prize, the Sharp Prize, the Selden Memorial Award, and the Berkeley College Arts Prize. At Yale, he was a student of Ole Akahoshi and served as Principal Cello of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, where William Boughton became another important mentor. Henry served as the assistant conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Berkeley College Orchestra and the Saybrook College Orchestra. He led Low Strung, an all-cello rock group at Yale, on tours to China, Singapore, and across the USA.