The violist JULIAN SHAW is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente in South-West France. He has given recitals and concerto performances with orchestras at festivals across France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. As a chamber musician he has partnered many well-known musicians: Jaime Laredo, Gregor Piatagorsky, Olivier Charlier, Gary Karr, Philippe Entrement, Peter Katin, Sharon Robinson, Andrew Ball, Daniel Adni, José Gallardo, Alasdair Beatson, Kian Soltani, Peter Serkin, Fred Sherry, Daniel Blumenthal, Michel Lethiec, Sylvie Gazeau and Janusz Wawrowski........
He has worked with many composers who have written pieces for him and given premières of works by George Benjamin, Sir Harrison Birtwhistle, Benjamin Britten, Ronan Magill and Gordon Crosse. In addition, he has researched and given first performances of little-known works for viola by Emmanuel Moor, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Paganini.
Julian was a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and since 1982, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as solo viola with Zurich Opera. He has worked with all the great conductors of the world; Tennstedt, Solti, Barenboim, Masur, Mehta, Haitink, Muti, Welser-Most, Nagano, Harnoncourt, Rattle etc.
He has been the violist in many chamber ensembles, including the British Chamber Ensemble, London Philharmonic Artists and the Shaw String Trio. He has recorded concerts for Radio France, Radio Suisse and many concerts for the BBC. He also recorded the complete Brandenburg Concertos with Raymond Leppard for BBC Television.
Throughout his career he has given masterclasses and is a frequent member of juries for international competitions.