Joseph Shiner

Joseph Shiner

Key Facts


Clarinettist Joseph Shiner is active in concert around the United Kingdom and internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, regularly appearing at venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields, and at the Ryedale, Southwell, Aberystwyth and St Magnus Festivals. To date he is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, the Worshipful Company of Musician’s Prince’s Prize and the Royal Academy of Music’s Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize. A selected artist for Making Music and the City Music Foundation, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at Lancing College, and was featured as BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Rising Star’ in August 2016.

Joseph made his London solo debut with the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square in 2011, and was a public finalist for the Young Classical Artists Trust in 2015. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with the Endellion and Alauda quartets, as well as pianists Somi Kim and Ashley Fripp, and is a founding member of the wind chamber group ‘Magnard Ensemble’. This dynamic ensemble held a Chamber Music fellowship and the inaugural Open Academy/Wigmore Hall ensemble fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for the 2014-15 season, and are currently selected artists for the Tillett and Tunnell Trusts. As an orchestral musician, Joseph has performed with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Aurora Orchestra, Charles Hazlewood’s Army of Generals and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Joseph is passionate about the commissioning of new music, always endeavouring to incorporate new or hitherto unfamiliar repertoire into his programmes. In 2012 he accepted a Contemporary Ensemble fellowship at the Atlantic Music Festival, Maine, USA; during the four weeks of his residency Joseph premiered thirty-eight works by students, fellows and faculty members. Currently his repertoire extends through an expanding number of commissions from composers such as Misha Mullov-Abbado, Kate Whitley, Ian Morgan-Williams and Freya Waley-Cohen.

Joseph’s initial study took place at Wells Cathedral School under the tutelage of Kevin Murphy and Timothy Orpen, during which time he was principal clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra as well as a BBC Young Musician Wind Category finalist. He subsequently read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, graduating with First Class honours and several awards and prizes, before moving on to one year of postgraduate study with Angela Malsbury, Mark van de Wiel and Chi-Yu Mo at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he graduated with the DipRAM. Subsequently he has undertaken private study with Patrick Messina, Andrew Marriner, and Christopher Richards.


Musicians’ Company Awards: Maisie Lewis Prize 2013 & Prince’s Prize 2014

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