Jacob Shaw


International award winning British cellist (b.1988) Jacob Shaw gives acclaimed concerts across 5 continents in many of the world’s major venues including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Albert Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Oslo Concert House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Vienna Musikverein… In 2016 he created a foundation to support, promote and educate young cellists, the Scandinavian Cello School (SCS). SCS went viral with their alternative education methods focussing on “work-life balance”, reaching 1.7 billion people (source: Hypefactors) and appearing on the cover of New York Times and most of the world’s media (CNN, The Guardian, The Sun, Classic FM, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Euronews, The Late Show…).

In recent years Jacob has brought his skill sets together and created a boutique consultancy agency, SCS consultancy, working regularly for industry leaders such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Universal Music – in addition for special projects in the business world for clients including Ernst & Young and McKinsey & Company. In 2021 Jacob was nominated for “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Stevns business council and municipality, and regularly gives lectures and talks internationally on entrepreneurship in classical music, project management and business development inside the music world. In 2022 he was nominated as south coast Denmark’s “Firesoul” (SydkystDanmarks Ildsjæl) and was the winner of one of the most prestigious prizes in Denmark for services to music – the national Danish Radio P2 Firesoul Personality award (DRP2 Ildsjael 2022).  Jacob Shaw was placed on the 2022 Talent-100 list of the top business people in Denmark by the national Berlingske newspaper financial supplement for his services as a cultural entrepreneur.

Throughout his career he has fought to inspire a diverse and new generation of classical music lovers. He often combines classical music with other mediums, for example collaborating with Michelin starred chefs, head dancer from New York City Ballet, performing in alternative venues from prisons to electric cello at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York… The season “before” the corona lockdown, highlights included performing in Vienna’s Musikverein on invitation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (ball), curating a new concert series in Warsaw for Wyborowa Vodka, working on numerous international consultancy projects, alongside concerts and masterclasses across 5 continents of the world.

In April 2022 Jacob Shaw took the role of Director of Culture at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stevns Klint. Stevns Klint Visitor Center is a cultural landmark for science-based communication about the Depth of Time, the Development of Life, Cliff & Nature. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is driven by the vision that the common culture and natural heritage is accessible for all. He oversees the entire cultural, artistic and event planning at the world class center that will open in October 2022.

Alongside studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Ecole Normale de Paris, Hochschule für Musik Augsburg and Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jacob participated in masterclasses with M.Rostropovich (UK), Janos Starker (USA) and Roland Pidoux (FR). He has been based in Denmark for over 11 years and sits on both his local harbour board and advisory board of south-coast Denmark tourism. From 2018-2020 Jacob Shaw was Professor of Cello in Barcelona, Spain at the Academia Marshall (Marshall-Granados Academy of Music, established in 1901), where he occupied the “Cassado Chair”. He is guest professor at the Musikhochschule in Münster (Germany) and was recently appointed Professor of Cello at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, (United Kingdom).