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Classical Musicians of African Descent

Clement Ishmael, conductor/composer

Clement Ishmael

British born Canadian composer, conductor, musical director and Worldwide Music Supervisor for Disney's The Lion King. Clement is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music, where he specialized in composition and conducting as well as singing with Joyce Britten. He continued his studies in conducting and composition at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He was Associate conductor of the Royal Conservatory of Music Choirs under the tutelage of Denise Nacisse-Mair.

His classical compositions and arrangements have been performed worldwide and broadcast by BBC Television and Radio. His opera "Grazyna" was performed at the Royal Opera House’s Lindbury Studio and a commission for the London Piano Trio was performed at Cardogan Hall in 2008.