Roderick Shaw was born in England, studied piano and horn from an early age and
later organ, harpsichord and musicology at Cambridge University where he also
directed the Jesus College choir and the University orchestra. At the same
time he was active in the early music revival, playing with the Academy of Ancient
Music under Christopher Hogwood. He continued his studies in baroque performance at
the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands, subsequently forming his own
chamber choir and orchestra in Amsterdam. He directed the Academy of the Begynhof for
twelve years in concerts and recordings which include several internationally acclaimed
CDs of music by Purcell.
In Germany Roderick Shaw pursues a varied career as a conductor and pianist/organist with
leading orchestras such as the WDR Sinfonieorchester, the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, the
DSO Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsorchester in Munich. He is also much in demand as a chamber
music partner, accompanist and vocal coach.