Euan Shields is a conductor and cellist in training.
Shields is currently a second-year undergraduate at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, studying cello with Antonio Lysy and conducting with Neal Stulberg.
In summer 2019, Shields attended the Allegra International Summer Academy to participate in conducting masterclasses with the renowned Professor Nicolás Pasquet.
In summer 2018, Shields served as assistant/cover conductor for John Nardolillo in the Prague Summer Nights Festival. There he conducted a fully staged opera-scenes concert of Czech composers such as Dvorak, Smetana, Janáček and Emil Viklicky in the historic Oskar Nedbal Theatre. During the festival, Shields made his European conducting debut in the Estates Theater, where Mozart’s Don Giovanni’s world premiere took place. On a two-hour notice, Shields stepped in for John Nardolillo and conducted the Le Nozze di Figaro with the PSNF Orchestra and singers.
In summer 2017, Shields was selected apprentice conductor for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, receiving extensive mentorship from James Ross and Marin Alsop.
Previously, he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s pre-college program for two years, studying cello with Eric Sung, principal cellist for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. There he also studied chamber music intensively Eric Chin, violinist of the Telegraph Quartet.
Shields has played cello in Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. During his two years as a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, he studied conducting with Alasdair Neale, Donato Cabrera, and Ann Krinitsky. In 2015, Shields founded the San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra, directing and conducting over ten charity concerts around the Bay Aria.
A passionate chamber musician, Shields has played cello in the Claudius String Quartet, winning first prize in the 2017 Galante Prize Competition, judged by the Alexander String Quartet. He has played cello in the SF Trio, winning second prize in the 2017 ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition. In 2016, Euan attended the St. Lawrence Chamber Seminar at Stanford University where he performed the complete Ravel Piano Trio under the guidance of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.