Classical

As a classical composer, Ben Shaw has written for a wide range of ensembles and media spanning the breadth of stylistic diversity. While in college his studies primary focused on jazz and classical music, but since then his oeuvre has grown to include serial, quasi-tonal, semi-minimalist, and programatic music. He regularly writes for solo and chamber ensemble as well as unique combinations of instruments not often seen in the classical world.

He has received high marks in several national and international competitions. The IBLA Foundation awarded him a distinction in the “Most Distinguished Musicians” category in their 2019 Grand Prize competition for his Solo Flute no. 1 and in the 2018 Grand Prize competition for his String Quartet no. 1. Additionally, he was a finalist for The American Prize’s 2019 composition competition for his String Quartet no. 1, as well as a finalist in 2020 for his song cycle “Into My Own” for baritone voice and piano. Several of his early compositions are available for streaming and purchase.

While attending the University of Rhode Island he learned from such diverse composers as Eric Hofbauer, Joe Parillo, and Eliane Aberdam. Years after graduating he sought renewed focus and began studying privately with internationally renowned composer Alla Cohen and under her tutelage has begun to achieve a new level of sophistication and depth in his composing.