Finn Shields
Finn Shields
Composer
Finn Shields (b. 1994) is a composer from the UK residing in Helsinki, Finland. A current student of Matthew Whittall at the Sibelius Academy, he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from Oxford University where he studied with Martyn Harry and Eugene Birman, and a Master’s degree in composition from the Estonian Academy of Music where he studied with Toivo Tulev. Leading groups and soloists have performed Finn’s compositions, including Jonathan Powell, the Villiers Quartet, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, NyNorsk Messingkvintett and recently the Helsinki Police Symphonic Band. Performances of his music have taken places in venues such as the historic Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, and the Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn’s pre-eminent music venue, where Finn received two premieres in the 2017-18 season. His diverse output of instrumental music includes large orchestral works as well as pieces for soloists and chamber groups. Writing in a style which is "intriguing and sensitive" (Daily Review, Oxford), Finn's music is accessible yet cerebral, and he finds inspiration in particular from nature, and the world around us.

CHTHONIC Chthonic, for large orchestra, was written in 2017 for the Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music, who gave the premiere in October of that year in the Estonia […]

CHTHONIC
Chthonic, for large orchestra, was written in 2017 for the Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music, who gave the premiere in October of that year in the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. The title of this piece means ‘dwelling within or under the earth’, and this reflects the piece’s ominous harmonic world and its tight, almost claustrophobic textures. In many ways an exploration of darkness, an expansive warmth nonetheless finds a way to reach the surface.