December 23, 2015 – Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music is pleased to announce that Jinny Shaw, oboist of the Hallé Orchestra (Manchester, U.K.) and founding member of the chamber ensemble Okeanos (London, U.K.), has been selected for the 2016 Global Artist in Residence and will begin her study of the shō in February 2016 for a three-month residency in Tokyo. Congratulations, Jinny!
Jinny Shaw – oboe
Jinny Shaw, oboist of the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester, UK. and founding member of the chamber ensemble Okeanos, first studied the oboe with Irene Pragnell at Peter Symonds College, Winchester before taking a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to study with Anthony Camden (then Principal Oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra), Roger Lord (former LSO Principal Oboe), Jane Marshall, (BBC Symphony Orchestra), David Thomas (BBCSO & Royal Opera House Orchestra) and Neil Black (English Chamber Orchestra). Later, she won scholarships to the Banff Centre to study with Richard Killmer, Peter Bowman (St Louis Symphony) and a Myra Hess Award to study in New York with Elaine Douvas (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and with Dan Stolper.
In 1990, she was awarded a Worshipful Company of Musicians Prize to give a recital at the Purcell Room. In 1995, she was joint-First Prize Winner of the British Oboe Competition (now the Isle of Man Oboe Competition) and gave a debut recital at the Wigmore Hall.
Jinny is also a composer, playing her work in Switzerland, London and Canada; she has also written for eurythmy and for choir; her music has been performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir and by Kairos Eurythmy.
In 2001, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Japan Society of the United Kingdom, the oldest organization dealing with relations between a European country and Japan, Jinny founded the contemporary music group Okeanos, which features Japanese instruments alongside western ones. The ensemble has given UK premieres of works by Toshi Ichiyanagi, Toshio Hosokawa & Somei Satoh and has appeared at the Barbican, London as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds of Japan Day, and on BBC Radio 3.
In 2014, at Cheltenham International Music Festival, Okeanos premiered Nicola LeFanu’s chamber opera Tokaido Road, which is based on the ukiyo-e prints by Hiroshige of the Fifty-Three Stations on the Edo to Kyoto highway.
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Dai Fujikura selected the recording of Breathing Tides for oboe and shō played by Jinny Shaw and Robin Thompson to be included in the recent book/CD Ryuichi Sakamoto & Dai Fujikura Selections: Music of the 20th Century II.