Dan Shilladay read music at the University of Birmingham before completing a masters 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 Hanover Band (for which he is co-principal), 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. Alongside period instrument performance, he is especially interested in contemporary music, and has played in the York and Cheltenham festivals.
A keen chamber musician, Dan is a founder member of the Berkeley Ensemble, a flexible group of winds and strings specialising in twentieth- and twenty-first-century British music. He is also in demand as a conductor and educator and directs Imperial College String Ensemble, Stoneleigh Youth Training Orchestra and the Nonesuch Orchestra. He regularly coaches chamber ensembles at the University of York and is a tutor and conductor on the Yorchestra holiday music courses.