Leroy Shield (Leroy Bernard Shields)

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Waseca, Minnesota, USA
Versatile in many different musical fields, Leroy Shield started out as organist and pianist at the age of five. He made his professional début at 12 and at 15 became an arranger, composer and concert pianist. He accompanied opera singer Eva Gauthier during her American concert tours and pioneered the modernist composers Ravel, Milhaud, Holst, Baxt, and Casella. He won a scholarship in piano at Columbia Conservatory in Chicago and also studied at the University of Chicago. Read more...