Philip Sheppard

Creativity And Innovation At The Intersection Of Music And Data

Philip Sheppard is a composer, producer, virtuoso cellist, inventor, public speaker, philanthropist, professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and a creative innovator who has worked with some of the biggest names in music, tech, sport and film. He pioneered the use of electronics in conjunction with classical music in his performances to audiences around the world.

Sheppard used his unique approach to the creative process to create Compose Yourself, a game that enables children to build their own symphonic works using a computer algorithm and an innovative deck of cards. Compose Yourself has been the subject of a front-page feature in the Wall Street Journal, and has also been recently featured by Time Magazine for Kids and Newsday.

Sheppard's new album Somewhere Along the Edge, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, is his first studio album away from specific movie soundtracks for some time. Each track is dedicated to someone who lives fully at the edge of life, whether they are explorers, artists, travelers, or thinkers.

Sheppard speaks to worldwide audiences about the intersection of music and data, the innate musical ability within all of us, and other topics that connect music to creativity, tech, and introspection. He has delivered keynotes on creative innovation at conferences such as C2 Montreal, e.g., TTI Vanguard, and WHD.Global and for business giants such as Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Kerings America, YouTube, Facebook, Kyu Collective, and Google.

As a composer, Sheppard has scored more than 60 film, television, and theatrical productions, including the Star Wars Force Awakens behind-the-scenes Comic Con trailer, which has had more than 11 million YouTube plays. This year he has had two films released: Legion of Brothers, which premiered at Sundance, and Chosen, starring Harvey Keitel.

Sheppard's other major film works include In the Shadow of the Moon (which received an International Film Critics Award nomination for Best Original Score for a Documentary and won numerous awards including the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance), Meru (which won numerous awards including the Audience Award for Documentary at Sundance), Sergio (which was nominated for an Emmy), Bobby Fischer Against the World, The Tillman Story, and Love, Marilyn.

Sheppard regularly writes and plays with the bands Odesza, Pretty Lights, and UNKLE. He has been featured as a guest artist with rock and roll legends, including Scott Walker, Grace Jones, Jimmy Page, Jeff Buckley, David Bowie, Sia, Suzanne Vega, and Jarvis Cocker. He has also composed for and/or produced many large scale and complex live events, including the London 2012 Handover sequence at the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony.

For the London Olympics, Sheppard conducted, rearranged, and edited all 206 national anthems for the winners' ceremonies. The national anthems were recorded with The London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in an epic challenge that took 52 recording hours. These anthems will be used for the next 25 years of International Olympic Committee events. Sheppard has also been music producer for the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup, the COP21Paris Climate Change Summit, and New Year's Eve celebrations at the world’s tallest building in Dubai.

Sheppard's stageworks include Sacred Monsters for Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan, In-I starring Khan and Juliette Binoche, One Drop for Cirque du Soleil and a radical reversion of Handel's Sarabande in Black, which was performed live by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, for Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2007 Paris Fashion Week show, Sarabande. This score went on to become part of the Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In collaboration with James Lavelle of UNKLE, Sheppard co-produced Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick, a riveting audio-visual show set in Somerset House against iconic visuals from Stanley Kubrick’s various works.

Sheppard has been 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 US.” He is also the recipient of an RAM Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Academy of Music, for his services to music and education.