Nathan Shields received his doctorate in Composition from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Richard F. French Doctoral Prize, and where he is currently adjunct professor in the Department of Music History. Last year he spent several months conducting research at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna as recipient of the Presser Music Award before returning to New York. His research specialties include Wagner, Viennese expressionism, and the relation of music to philosophy, ethics, and the history of ideas. His music has been performed by the JACK and Jupiter Quartets, the Horszowski Trio, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and commissioned by American Composers Forum, BMI, and Concert Artists Guild. His writing has been published in Perspectives of New Music. His pastimes include reading, cooking, and morbid introspection.