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Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw

Associate Professor
Julian & Sidney Carruth Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies

316 School of Music
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
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Brian Shaw epitomizes the versatile twenty-first century trumpeter. – Fanfares and Finesse

Brian Shaw is Julian & Sidney Carruth Associate Professor of Trumpet/Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is also Principal Trumpet of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Co-Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Wind Symphony, and enjoys an international performing career on modern and Baroque trumpets. This season, Shaw will perform as a soloist in Houston, Denver, at the University of Maine, and will continue as Visiting Professor of Baroque Trumpet Studies at the Eastman School of Music. He also plans to complete work as co-author (with Nick Smart of the Royal Academy of Music, London) of a biography titled Song For Someone: The Musical Life of Kenny Wheeler for Equinox Books, UK,

Over the past year, Shaw has performed as guest principal trumpet of the Kansas City Symphony, made his debut on keyed trumpet (performing Haydn’s Concerto in E-flat with Austin’s La Follia Baroque), and was the featured trumpet soloist in concert with the Dallas Wind Symphony on John Williams’ “With Malice Toward None” from the Spielberg film Lincoln. He has recently toured Europe with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, was the only American Baroque trumpet soloist featured in the final concert of the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference, and performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia. Shaw’s most recent solo CD recording, redshift (accompanied by the Dallas Wind Symphony), was issued in 2014 on Klavier Records.

Shaw has won prizes in several international trumpet competitions and is the dedicatee of numerous new works, including Brett William Dietz’s redshift and Joseph Turrin’s Two Images. He can also be heard as principal trumpet on recordings with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble (Naxos Records) the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Danzante, on Summit Records), the Dallas Wind Symphony (Reference Recordings), and the professional choral ensemble Conspirare (Harmonia Mundi).

As a jazz musician, Shaw performs regularly on the popular LSU concert series “Hot Summer Nights and Cool Jazz” alongside pianist Willis Delony and bassist Bill Grimes. He also directs the LSU Jazz Ensemble, which has hosted such luminaries as Wayne Bergeron, Wycliffe Gordon, and Rufus Reid during his leadership. His books and transcriptions are published by Advance Music, Presser, Schott, and Universal Edition.

Active as a Baroque trumpet player, Shaw has performed throughout North America including New York (Trinity Church Wall Street, Clarion Society, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Grand Tour Orchestra, and St. Thomas Church), Boston (Boston Early Music Festival), Santa Fe (Pro Musica), Kansas City (Spire Baroque Orchestra) and Nashville (Music City Baroque). His 2008 CD Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino includes some of the most difficult pieces ever written for the instrument and was accompanied by an orchestra comprising New York’s finest period musicians.

Shaw holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University (B.Mus), the Eastman School (M.Mus) and the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.). He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Paula, son Thomas, six rescued dogs, and a cat.