An endless passion for music, collaboration, and discovery.

Euan Shields was the winner of the second Siemens Hallé International Conducting Competition 2023. He began a 2-year engagement as Assistant Conductor for the Hallé Orchestra and Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra in Fall 2023. He has also received the Solti Foundation’s Career Assistance Award in both 2023 and 2024.

In May 2023, Shields completed a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Juilliard School under the guidance of David Robertson. He completed a Bachelor of Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where he studied cello with Antonio Lysy and orchestral conducting with Neal Stulberg.

Shields is a Japan-born American conductor known for his emotionally charged performances, technical skill, and a passion for collaboration. Among the orchestras Shields has conducted are The Hallé, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, South Denmark Philharmonic, Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, and Juilliard’s AXIOM Ensemble.

Recently he has worked as the assistant and cover conductor for Mark Elder, Kahchun Wong, John Adams, Xian Zhang, Roderick Cox, Giancarlo Guerrero, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Jonathon Heyward.

In June 2022, he was a finalist in the 5th Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Monaco and conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. Also, he was a semifinalist in the Llíria City of Music Conducting Competition in 2021.

Shields has attended conducting masterclasses worldwide, studying with teachers such as Nicolás Pasquet, Johannes Schlaefli, Jorma Panula, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Jaap van Zweden, and Sian Edwards.

Born in 1998 in Osaka, Japan, he learned the cello since early childhood. He moved to the U.S. when he was 13 and joined the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Shields developed an interest for conducting in his early teens, founding and conducting a youth chamber orchestra in San Francisco. Shields lives in Manchester, UK, where he began his new role at the Hallé Orchestra in September 2023.

Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Excerpt)

Euan Shields won the 2023 Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition.

From Fall 2023, he will be Assistant Conductor for the Hallé Orchestra and Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra.

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