Karen Shaw, 2016 Masterclass Faculty
Karen Shaw has been performing, teaching, conducting master classes, and lecturing for over three decades. Since her critically acclaimed debuts in New York, London, and Berlin, the artist has distinguished herself in numerous performances across the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Far East as both recitalist and soloist with orchestra. She first appeared with orchestra at age 15, and went on to appear with Arthur Fiedler, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Orchestra, Greenwich Philharmonic, where she received rave reviews for her Tchaikovsky Concerto, to name a few. She has performed in venues in the leading musical centers including New York at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Wigmore Hall in London. In a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall, critics recognized Ms. Shaw as an "authoritative and persuasive interpreter of Romantic music...as dazzling as accurate, with a sensitivity tenderly poetic." (NY Times) Her performance of Rachmaninoff's Etudes-tableaux was noted for its power, panache, and incontestable authority, prompting her recording of the complete set, which remains incomparable.
A teacher of widespread reputation, Dr. Shaw dedicates herself to assisting young pianists in reaching their career goals. Among her numerous pupils are noted performers and successful teachers at every level including the prize-winning pianists Frederic Chiu, Steven Spooner, and New Zealand pianist Read Gainsford. She has been a regular adjudicator for the Concert Artists Guild, the Kosciuszko Chopin competition in New York, and has been a jury member of International competitions in Canada and across the US.
Ms. Shaw is the Founder and Director of the Silvermine Series, Inc., a non-profit musical organization based in Connecticut presenting established artists and young pianists aspiring to musical careers in concerts and special events. Professor Shaw is a long time member of the distinguished piano faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.