Dan Shilladay (viola) read music at the University of Birmingham before completing a master’s degree in contemporary music studies at the University of York. Following a further year of study at the Royal College of Music with Susie Mészáros and Annette Isserlis, he is now a London-based freelance musician and has worked with, among others, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Chamber Orchestra and the English Baroque Soloists, with whom he has performed at the BBC Proms.
As a member of the 2008 Southbank Sinfonia, he participated in critically acclaimed productions of Tom Adès’ Powder Her Face at the Royal Opera House and Tom Stoppard and André Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre. Alongside period instrument performance, he is especially interested in contemporary music, and has played in the York and Cheltenham festivals.
Dan is also in demand as a conductor and educator and directs Imperial College String Ensemble, Stoneleigh Youth Training Orchestra and Merton String Sinfonia. He regularly coaches chamber ensembles at the University of York and is a tutor and conductor on the Yorchestra holiday music courses.
* Cello chair supported by Jane and Stephen Ainger
** Horn chair supported by Dr Harold Hughes OBE & Mrs Elizabeth Hughes