Nathalie Shaw, violin

Nathalie Shaw was born in 1984 into a family of professional musicians. She started playing the piano at the age of six and a year later began violin lessons with her father. Two years later she won the Philippa Nankivell Aylett Memorial Prize from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.

She was selected for the 1997 Sascha Lasserson Memorial Trust Violin Masterclass with Hugh Bean and subsequently studied in Paris with Olivier Charlier (Professor of Violin, Paris Conservatoire, France). In 1998 she was given awards by the Leverhulme Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Blackheath Festival, to enable her to continue her violin studies. She was the 1999 winner of the Marjorie Humby Memorial Competition at the Royal College of Music, London.

In 1999, Nathalie was awarded a full scholarship to study in the USA at The Meadowmount School of Music, New York State, USA. She was subsequently invited to take part in international masterclasses in Bordeaux, France and at the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice, where she was awarded a Performers’ Diploma.

At the age of 10, Nathalie made her concerto debut playing Mozart’s D major Violin Concerto. She has since given performances of the Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini and Vieuxtemps Violin Concertos and the Dvorák and Beethoven Romances for Violin and Orchestra. After a performance of Paganini 1st Violin Concerto with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, her playing was described as having "...the skills of a gymnast and the art of a ballerina..." by the Nottingham Evening Post.

This year she has given recitals in Brighton, Lewes, Sussex, the City of London and in the concert series at St. Peter’s, Canterbury, as well as performances of the Bruch, Brahms and Beethoven Concertos. Nathalie studies in Paris with Olivier Charlier and Igor Volochine. She has given many chamber recitals in France and her Piano Quartet and Trio were chosen to perform as part of France’s annual ‘Fête de la Musique’ celebrations in June.


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra