Professor Shaw

PAUL SHAW–Private & Public Performances–Classical & Caribbean Repertoire

Dr. Paul Shaw honors his commitment to inspiring the next generation by mentoring pianists both at the University of Minnesota School of Music and the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City. He has conducted lectures and master classes at numerous colleges and universities across the United States and abroad and participated in outreach programs under the auspices of the Lincoln Center and Van Cliburn Institutes.  He was selected by the International Scholar Laureate Program, based in Washington, D.C. to serve as faculty advisor to 45 elite music students from universities across the United States of America on an inaugural educational tour, and four subsequent tours, of the birthplace of classical music: Vienna,  Salzburg, Prague and Budapest.

Paul Shaw serves on the faculty of the University of Minnesota SCHOOL OF MUSIC (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Associate Professor of Piano 


  • Piano
  • Chamber Music

Research Activities

  • Caribbean Art Music for Piano: A compiled list of composers and works in the English-speaking Caribbean, 1999

Creative Activities

  • Solo Debut Recital at the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China, September 2010
  • Teatru Unplugged Tenth Anniversary: Solo performances at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta, Malta, December 2007
  • Yamekraw: A Negro Rhapsody for Solo Piano and Orchestra: A compact disc sound recording on the Clarion label, Recorded 1998 - Released 2004
  • Le Grand Tour: A compact disc sound recording of Caribbean Art Music for Piano Solo, Recorded 1991 - Released 2001

Professional Activities

  • Director: Chamber Music Minnesota Governing Board , 1997 - 2002


  • William Kapell International Piano Competition Third Prize, 1988
  • Winner -- Young Concert Artists International Auditions 1986
  • President's Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 1997 - 1998
  • Graduate School Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 1992 - 1993

Courses Taught

  • MusA 8301 -- Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 3301 -- Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 2301 - Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 1301 -- Piano-Performance Major
  • MusA 1901 - Piano--Transfer
  • MusA 1401 - Piano--Secondary
  • MusA 1101 - Piano--Elective
  • Mus 5440/3440 -- Chamber Ensemble
  • Mus 5181/5182 -- Advanced Piano Literature