Brian Shaw is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University and is Co-Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Wind Symphony under the direction of Maestro Jerry Junkin. Recognized internationally for his versatility, he is one of the few trumpeters in the world today able to perform the most difficult literature on the valveless Baroque trumpet, classical and 20th Century pieces on the modern trumpet, and just as convincingly improvise a jazz solo or play lead trumpet in a big band.
As a Baroque trumpet player, Brian has just recorded a CD entitled Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino [available through bshawmusic.com] including works by Michael Haydn, F.X. Richter, and others on period instruments. These works are of a difficulty such that they have been considered unplayable on a Baroque trumpet until very recently. He has also performed on Baroque trumpet throughout North America with the Bach Vespers Orchestra, the Clarion Society, and the Grand Tour Orchestra in New York, the Baltimore Handel Society, Houston Ars Lyrica, the Bach Festival Players in Austin, TX, and the Eastman Collegium Musicum.
Interested in old and new music alike, Shaw has been the dedicatee of several works for the modern trumpet, most notably including Joseph Turrin’s Two Images (2005). He can also be heard on the premiere recording of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, and on the Dallas Wind Symphony's Grammy-Nominated CD "Garden of Dreams." As a jazz trumpeter, he is a new addition to the LSU concert series "Hot Summer Nights and Cool Jazz" along with his colleagues pianist Willis Delony and bassist Bill Grimes, playing to consistently standing-room-only audiences. He has also written two jazz books: a collection of transcribed solos by Kenny Wheeler, published by Universal Edition, and a new method for young students called "How to Play Lead Trumpet in a Big Band," published by Advance Music.
He has been successful in several international competitions, including first prizes in the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Mock Orchestra Competition, the 2002 ITG Solo Competition, the 1998 National Trumpet Competition Jazz Division, and was the silver medalist in the 2004 Ellsworth Smith Competition. He was a semi-finalist in the 2000 Maurice André competition, in Paris, accompanied by pianist W. David Hobbs.
Shaw holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University (B.Mus), the Eastman School (M.Mus) and the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.). While at ESM, he was Principal Trumpet of the Eastman Wind Ensemble during the group’s 2004 Far East Tour and the 2005 Carnegie Hall concert. As an arranger, he has recently written works for DWS, and was honored to create a special setting of “The Eyes of Texas” for the University of Texas’ 2008 commencement ceremony in Austin.
Brian lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Paula and their four-legged furry children: Sally, Chloe, and Toby. When he is not playing, teaching, or writing, he enjoys cooking, oil painting, and amateur astronomy.