Martyn Shaw

Martyn Shaw

Dr Martyn Shaw, Flute

Dr Martyn Shaw is a UK based flautist based in Manchester with a particular specialism in Baroque, Classical and ‘pre-Boehm’ nineteenth-century flutes. He has worked with many of the country’s leading period-instrument ensembles including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra, Armonico Consort, English Scholars, Ex Cathedra and Welsh Baroque. His latest recording ‘The Nicholsonian Effect’ was released on the Omnibus Classics label in 2016, featuring works for flute and piano from nineteenth-century England performed on period instruments.

 Martyn is Joint Head of Woodwind at Chetham’s School of Music, Principal Lecturer in Performance at Leeds College of Music and an Artistic & Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was subsequently awarded a double entrance scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed a combined Masters programme in both modern and historical performance practices. Martyn studied with Edward Beckett, Lisa Beznosiuk, Rachel Brown, Sam Coles, Michael Cox, Kate Hill, Paul Edmund-Davies, Stephen Preston, Averil Williams and Trevor Wye.

 In 2014 Martyn completed a PhD in early nineteenth-century performance practice at the University of Birmingham. His doctoral research uniquely assesses the interrelationship which existed between performance, pedagogy and instrumental design in the work of Charles Nicholson (1795-1837), and represents the first significant study of tone-colour, vibrato and flute portamento within the performance practices of the period. 

He has since presented academic papers and lecture recitals for the Performance Studies Network, Royal Musical Association, Society for Musicology in Ireland and at the International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music.