Joseph Shiner (18 September)
One of the new generation of remarkable clarinettists, Joseph Shiner studied at Wells Cathedral School before reading music at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, from where he emerged with Double First-Class Honours. Post-graduate study at London’s Royal Academy of Music followed under the tutelage of Mark van de Wiel, Angela Malsbury and Chi-Yu Mo. He has appeared in masterclasses with many of today’s notable clarinettists, including Andrew Marriner, with whom he shares the Putney music stage on the above date. His prizes and awards are numerous. He is also a passionate chamber music artist, having founded the Magnard Ensemble, a group of like-minded friends which has recorded two CDs of chamber music by Stephen Dodgson. Recent performances of the Mozart Concerto have established his position as among today’s most intelligent and animated interpreters of this work.
When not performing, Joseph is addicted to novels of magic realism and dystopia, including those by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Tolkien (with whom he shares a birthday...not, he hastens to add, the same year) and Margaret Atwood. He also confesses a fascination with legal dramas on television which take themselves far too seriously.