Euan Shields is a conductor aspiring to share the joy of music through his work. He is pursuing a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the Juilliard School under the guidance of David Robertson. Amongst the orchestras with which Euan has appeared are the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, Juilliard’s AXIOM Ensemble, the South Denmark Philharmonic, and the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra. Recently Euan has worked as the assistant and cover conductor for John Adams, Xian Zhang, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Jonathon Heyward. Euan completed his Bachelor in Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where he studied cello with Antonio Lysy and orchestral conducting with Neal Stulberg.

Euan has attended conducting masterclasses worldwide, including the Allegra International Summer Academy and Nordic Masterclass for Conductors, studying with teachers such as Nicolás Pasquet, Johannes Schlaefli, and Jorma Panula. In June 2022, Euan was a finalist in the 5th Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Monaco and conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. In the summer of 2021, he was a semifinalist in the Llíria City of Music Conducting Competition. He made his European conducting debut in the Estates Theater in Prague, Czech Republic, stepping in on a two-hour notice and conducting Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra and singers.

A firm believer in music’s ability to respond to and influence society, Euan involves himself with music production on digital and multimedia platforms. Recent performances were inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and include Barber’s Adagio for Strings with the UCLA School of Music Camarades Ensemble as well as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with all parts recorded on a single cello.