Shaun Barlow is a flutist based between Sydney and New York City. He holds a Masters of Music (Performance) (2011) and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours Class 1 (2009) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied under Dr. Alexa Still.
Known for his passion for whacky sounds, improvisation, flute beatboxing, and collaboration with composers, Shaun has premiered and recorded new flute, piccolo, alto and bass flute works. He was a fellow at the 2011 Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA) and featured as soloist during the Kammerklang 2009 new music project. The Kammerklang project included a performance of Stuart Greenbaum’sConcerto for flute, percussion and large ensemble and recordings for the “Kammerklang 2009 with Claire Edwardes” album including Chris Williams’s flute concertino Amid your candles and lilies.
In demand as a soloist, chamber musician and educator, Shaun is currently engaged as flutist and producer with the New York City-based ExhAust New Music Collective, as Junior Program Coordinator of the Australian Flute Festival (since 2010) and as flute soloist with the Eastman School of Music Composers Sinfonietta. In the opera pit, he has performed chamber operas by Benjamin Britten with the Sydney Chamber Opera and the Sydney Conservatorium Opera Department.
Shaun has taken lessons with Robert Dick, Molly Barth, Greg Pattillo, Bonita Boyd, Susan Palma-Nidel, Aldo Baerten, Michel Bellevance and performed in masterclasses with John Wion, Michael Cox, Katherine Kemler and Ashley Solomon. Equally at home performing in the concert hall, the opera pit or busking on a street corner, Shaun is keenly interested in finding ever more inventive musical roles for the flute.
“Barlow effortlessly performed the changes between flute, alto
flute and piccolo, and, together with Luscombe,
performed with virtuosity and vibrancy.”
– Kimberley Pearson, Resonate Magazine
“Great fun. Around 30 aspiring flautists sat and were amazed as Shaun Barlow demonstrated his contemporary flute skills and taught us a whole range of new techniques I never dreamt a flute could make. My favourite of these was flute beatboxing.”
– Nicholas McCabe at the 2011 Australian Flute Festival (ANU, Canberra), Flute Focus