Released: Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, Op 33 and Op
Karen Shaw, brilliant American
pianist, has been widely acclaimed as an interpreter of
authority and compelling emotional power.
Born in Connecticut, Ms. Shaw
inherits the background of a musical family. She first
appeared in New York as winner of the Concert Artists
Guild Award which prompted unusual acclaim from NY Times
critic Donal Henahan. Her debuts in London and Berlin
were received with equal praise and enthusiasm. Since
then the artist has distinguished herself in numerous
performances across the United States, Europe, Canada, and
the Far East as both recitalist and soloist with
Ms. Shaw began her studies with her
mother. She later studied with Bela Nagy, Menahem Pressler,
Abbey Simon, as well as coaching with her close friend,
In a series of concerts at Carnegie
Hall, Ms. Shaw was repeatedly recognized as a “persuasive
interpreter of Romantic music” possessing a virtuosity “as
dazzling as accurate, and 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.
Karen Shaw has been performing,
teaching, conducting master classes, and lecturing for
over three decades. A teacher of wide reputation, Dr.
Shaw also dedicates herself to training and assisting
young pianists in reaching their career goals. Among her
numerous pupils are noted performers and successful
teachers at every level. She joined the faculty at
Indiana University School of Music in 1968 where she is
Professor of Piano.