Daniel Shao was born in 1995, and is currently studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music in London under professor Samuel Coles, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Before this, Daniel read for BA in music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, from where he graduated with first class honours. He previously attended the Purcell School, and has participated in international masterclasses with flautists such as Julien Beaudiment, Rachel Brown, Michael Cox, Sophie Cherrier, and Kersten McCall.
Daniel often plays as an orchestral flautist including with the Janus Ensemble and Oxford University Orchestra, and was co-principal of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the London Schools Symphony.
Daniel has won prizes in several competitions including 1st prizes at the British Flute Society Competition, International Award 'Carl Reinecke' in Italy, and 2nd prizes in the Bromsgrove and Ernest Bloch International Competitions. He was a wind finalist of BBC Young Musician 2014 and was the joint winner of the Felsenstein Leavers Award at the Purcell School. Additional prizes include Newbury Young Musician of the Year, Gregynog Young Wind Player of the year, and 1st prizes in the Oxford Philomusica and Brighton 'Springboard' concerto competitions.
Daniel has played concertos with orchestras including the Janus Ensemble (Nielsen's Flute Concerto), Oxford Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, and Kingston Chamber Orchestra, and has performed solo recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, and broadcasted on BBC4. As a Concordia Foundation Artist, he has also performed in several hospitals in London. His studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Split Infinitive Trust, and the Joan Conway and Leask Scholarships.
Daniel runs a blog where he likes to talk about music and gender/race, and rarely refuses a stiff G&T on the rocks.
Daniel performing Nielsen's Flute Concerto with the Janus Ensemble in October 2016.