Emily Shaw is a young classical guitarist, teacher, and luthier currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. She studied guitar with her father, Mike Shaw until university, at which point she moved to London, Ontario to study with Wilma van Berkel at the University of Western Ontario. Emily completed a master’s degree (MMus) in guitar performance in 2016 under the tutelage of Patrick Roux at the University of Ottawa. Emily spends a good deal of her time working with students in her home studio where she teaches classical and acoustic guitar and piano. As a luthier, Emily has built a variety of guitar-type instruments including classical guitars, steel-string acoustic guitars, period instruments, and a ukulele. In performance, Emily strives to engage her audience with expressive interpretations of music from across the centuries. She has a weakness for emotionally charged, lush harmonies and amusing character pieces. When not practising, teaching, or building guitars, Emily enjoys hiking, cooking, building/refinishing furniture and drinking tea.

Press Articles

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to talk to reporters about my guitar playing and building. Here are a few links to those that can be found online.

4 Guitars Tour in Nova Scotia – South Shore Breaker April 2015

Hand-built guitars – Western News May 2014

Early Music Ensemble and Baroque Guitar Building – Western News April 2013

Early Music Ensemble and Guitar Building – London Free Press January 2012


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