Ian Shanahan

Shanahan is well-regarded as an expert in contemporary techniques for the recorder and his work in this area has done much to expand the possibilities for composers writing for this instrument.

Born in Sydney, Ian Leslie Shanahan studied composition and pure mathematics at the University of Sydney, where his composition teachers were Eric Gross, Peter Sculthorpe and Ian Fredericks (computer music). Shanahan is well-regarded as an expert in contemporary techniques for the recorder and his work in this area has done much to expand the possibilities for composers writing for this instrument. He is extremely active as a recorder player and has commissioned many composers, both from Australia and overseas, to write pieces for him to perform.

Compositions by Ian Shanahan appear on

Phoenix Songs

Composer

Like the phoenix 'rising from the ashes', the recorder is presently enjoying somewhat of a renaissance itself. Six of Australia's well-known contemporary composers pair the recorder with piano, harpsichord, voice and live electronics.