Nathan Shields is a composer based in New York. The recipient of the 2011 Presser Music Award, he has also received two BMI Young Composer Awards, the Toru Takemitsu Prize from the Japan Society of Boston, and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation, the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Banff Centre, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. He was recently awarded the Carlos Surinach Commission from BMI and Concert Artists’ Guild for Tenebrae, written for Bridget Kibbey, which was premiered by Ms. Kibbey and the Jupiter String Quartet on March 31 at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
His music has been performed by the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, the Loki Ensemble, the Alkipelos Quartet, and members of the JACK Quartet, and has appeared in such venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Cathedral of St. Severin, Paris. Current and upcoming projects include an operatic monologue for mezzo-soprano and orchestra based on Aeschylus’ Agamemnon and a cello sonata for the Fischer Duo. He is currently a CV Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School.