Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Theatre of Music

40 Years Strong! 

Nathalie Shaw, Violin

Photo credit: Nikolaj Lund

Photo credit: Nikolaj Lund

Resident in Paris, the young solo violinist Nathalie Shaw's rapidly developing career has taken her across the world with recital and concerto tours to the USA, Switzerland, United Kingdom, South America, Spain, Italy, Denmark as well as France.

Nathalie was appointed solo violin of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (USA) in 2008. She also performs as solo violin of European ensembles Projet Bloom, Ensemble Stravinsky, and Ensemble Itinéraire, as well as working regularly with the Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Susanna Malkki and Francois-Xavier Roth. She is involved with many projects and recordings at IRCAM, and gives masterclasses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, universities in the USA (Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas) and England (London, Leeds…) to young contemporary composers and string players.
She has played most of the major concerto repertoire (Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch, Chausson, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Sibelius, Vieuxtemps and Vivaldi) in the last few seasons and has a wide-ranging recital repertoire with a specialist knowledge and experience of contemporary music.

After the world premiere of Jérôme Combier’s « Anima Foglia » for Solo Violin in the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland, Pierre Boulez subsequently invited her to give further performances at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, as part of the series “Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez”, broadcast live on Radio France. Last season, she premièred solo works by the French composers Sébastien Béranger and Jérome Combier, also broadcast on French Musique, and the American composers Steve Ricks, Roger Zahab, Ted Hearne and David Stock together with numerous other solo and chamber works in Europe and the USA in her capacity as Solo Violin of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Following a première of “Arches” for Solo Violin by Kevin Puts, The Pittsburgh Tribune described her virtuosity as “stunning” and “mesmerizing”.

A passionate chamber musician, Nathalie is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the « Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente » in South-West France, founded 8 years ago by the Shaw String Trio (with Julian Shaw – viola, Jacob Shaw – ‘cello).
She also plays regularly at the festivals of Lucerne, Gex, Windsor, Leeds, St. Moritz and Metz, and this season performed at the « Spaces of Music Festival » in Poland, and also in Vienna and Luxemburg with Ensemble Lucilin.  During the 2015-16 season, Nathalie was solo violin for a chamber adaptation of Janacek’s  « Cunning Little Vixen » at the Opera Bastille in Paris. Nathalie also made her Danish recital début performing Ligeti’s horn trio.

Nathalie Shaw currently holds a professorship at the Conservatoire Municipal Darius Milhaud (14th arrondissement, Paris) and has a visiting professorship at Leeds College of Music, England.