KAREN SHAW

Just Released: Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux, Op 33 and Op 39. 
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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 orchestra. 

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, Jorge Bolet.

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.