'It’s a tribute to the artists here that they do these pieces full justice'
David Mellor, Classic FM
'Shiner has so mastered his instrument that one moment, the clarinet shines brightly, while the next, it lets out a gruff roar. He draws on a vast array of sonic possibilities. [...] The playing is full of detail, rewarding close listening.'
'These are attractive, musicianly performances'
Richard Bratby, Gramophone
Clarinettist JOSEPH SHINER regularly appears at venues and festivals around the United Kingdom and internationally, with recent engagements at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Bridgwater Hall, Snape Maltings, Holywell Music Room and Barbican Centre, as well as the Oxford Lieder and St Magnus International festivals. His awards include the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Philip and Dorothy Green Award (for Young Concert Artists), and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize. A selected artist for Making Music and the City Music Foundation, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at Lancing College, and has been featured as BBC Music Magazine's 'Rising Star’.
As a chamber musician Joseph has enjoyed collaborations with Maiastra, the Allegri and Endellion quartets, and with pianists Somi Kim, Keval Shah, James Baillieu, Christopher Glynn, Sholto Kynoch and Ashley Fripp. In 2019, Joseph released his first solo recording on Orchid Classics, surveying Brahms' works for clarinet with piano and 'cello with Somi Kim and Yoanna Prodanova. The disc was a Classic FM ‘Album of the Week’, and hailed by Gramophone for its 'stormy grandiloquence' and 'twilit poetry'. Joseph is also a founding member of the award-winning ‘Magnard Ensemble’, with recordings on the Orchid Classics and Toccata Classics labels of music by Paul Patterson, Martin Butler, and Stephen Dodgson. Orchestral credits include performances with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joseph studied at Wells Cathedral School with Kevin Murphy, Timothy Orpen and David Campbell, before reading Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, graduating with double First Class honours. He then studied with Angela Malsbury, Mark van de Wiel and Chi-Yu Mo at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with Distinction and the DipRAM. Subsequently, he has studied with Patrick Messina, Christopher Richards, and Andrew Marriner.