Paul M Shaw

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Associate Professor: Piano

Hailed by The New York Times as "both a virtuoso with herculean technical command and a sensitive introspective artist," Jamaican pianist Paul Shaw has appeared on three continents, inspiring appreciative audiences and music critics alike in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

A top prize-winner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Shaw has performed to high critical acclaim at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York; the Kennedy Center and the Hall of the Americas in Washington, D.C.; and Beethovenhalle in Bonn. He has appeared as soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony and Minnesota orchestras and collaborated with conductors Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, William Eddins, George Manahan, Jorge Mester, Lukas Foss, and others. He has completed two successful recital tours of Taiwan and made his second visit to Central America in August 2003, appearing in a series of recitals at the Thirteenth Costa Rica Festival Internacional de Música. In December 2004 and 2007, he was featured in Teatru Unplugged, an annual event held at the historic Manoel Theatre in Valletta, Malta showcasing international artists performing in a variety of musical genres. Shaw’s performances led the Times of Malta to describe him as "a concert pianist of towering talent." In September 2010, Shaw became the first artist from the Caribbean to appear in recital at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China.

Shaw was educated at The Juilliard School where, as recipient of the William Petschek, Maro Ajemian, and Isabel Mason Scholarships, he earned the B.M., M.M. and D.M.A degrees, respectively.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • Piano
  • Chamber Music
Courses Taught
  • MusA 8301 -- Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 3301 -- Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 2301 - Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 1301 -- Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 1901 - Piano--Transfer
  • MusA 1401 - Piano--Secondary
  • MusA 1101 - Piano--Elective
  • Mus 5440/3440 -- Chamber Ensemble
  • Mus 5181/5182 -- Advanced Piano Literature
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director: Chamber Music Minnesota Governing Board , 1997 - 2002


  • Caribbean Art Music for Piano: A compiled list of composers and works in the English-speaking Caribbean, 1999 -


  • Solo Debut Recital at the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China, September 2010:
  • Teatru Unplugged Tenth Anniversary: Solo performances at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta, Malta, December 2007:
  • Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody for Solo Piano and Orchestra: A compact disc sound recording on the Clarion label, Recorded 1998 - Released 2004
  • Le Grand Tour: A compact disc sound recording of Caribbean Art Music for Piano Solo, Recorded 1991 - Released 2001
  • William Kapell International Piano Competition Third Prize, 1988
  • Winner -- Young Concert Artists International Auditions 1986
  • President's Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 1997 - 1998
  • Graduate School Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 1992 - 1993