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Daniel is a freelance flautist in London, who studied at the Royal Academy and Oxford University.

Daniel recently graduated from his Master’s with Samuel Coles at the Royal Academy of Music, with Distinction, DipRAM, and the Alumni Development Award for ‘singularly distinguished studentship’. Before this, he graduated from Oxford University with a First in Music, and attended the Purcell School, winning the Felsenstein Leaver’s Award. As an orchestral musician, he has recently appeared with the Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Oxford Philharmonic, Multi Storey Orchestra, and Sinfonia Cymru, amongst other groups. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, and appeared as principal flute with the Britten Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop. He often performs internationally, and recently was selected for a fellowship at the Music Academy of the West in California, working with renowned artists such as Alan Gilbert and Renée Fleming, and also for the Lucerne Festival Academy, where he developed his aptitude for contemporary music with leading interpreters and composers of today such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Mathias Pintscher, and Heinz Holliger. He has benefited greatly from masterclasses with eminent flautists such as Julien Beaudiment, Emily Beynon, Rachel Brown, Sophie Cherrier, Andrea Lieberknecht, Kersten McCall, and Emmanuel Pahud. Daniel has won many awards, including the British Flute Society Young Artist and School Performer Competitions, the Oxford Philomusica and Brighton Springboard concerto competitions, RAM’s Chris Taylor Flute Award, and the Royal Overseas League’s ‘Sussex Prize’. He was a wind finalist for BBC Young Musician 2014, broadcasted on BBC TV and radio. Daniel’s playing has been described as “shapely and silvery” (Classical Source, 2017) and possessing “virtuosity, charm, and charisma in abundance” (The Telegraph, 2014). Has has performed concertos with the Oxford Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Amadeus Orchestra, and Kingston Chamber Orchestra, and has given solo recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. He is grateful for support from the Countess of Munster Trust, for whom he is a recital scheme artist, and Hattori Foundation.

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From customers:

Classical S, 3 years ago

There was though no doubting the talent and commitment of the playing, not least Daniel Shao’s shapely and silvery contribution on flute

The T, 6 years ago

About the other winner, flautist Daniel Shao, I had no doubts at all. He displayed virtuosity, charm and charisma in abundance

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From other musicians:

7th July 2016

Daniel is a very talented and hard working musician. I attended one of his Wigmore Hall performances three years ago, and was impressed by his ingenious performance of the "Zoom Tube" by Ian Clarke. His technique and stage presence has inspired the audience on that day including myself, knowing that I will perform later on at Wigmore Hall for the first time too.