Trio Capriccio


Paula F. Shaw

Paula Shaw, founder of the Trio Capriccio, has BA and MA degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle, and studied music at the University of Minnesota. While in Minnesota she studied chamber music with Tanya Remenikova and violin and viola performance with John Tartaglia and Shirley Santoro. She also performed with the Lake String Quartet of Minneapolis, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony. Since moving to New York she has studied with Dr. Laura Klugherz and been a member of the St. Cecilia Orchestra and the Schenectady Symphony, served for one year as concertmistress of the Glens Falls Symphony and was a member of the Albany Symphony for 17 years. She also played with the Berkshire Opera Festival and the Shaker Mountain Music Festival. Touring companies Paula has played with include the Northwest Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and the New York City Ballet. She has played orchestral backup for numerous popular shows including Maurice Hines, Garrison Keillor, The Moody Blues and YES. Paula teaches privately in her home in Schenectady.


Barbara Lapidus

Barbara Lapidus is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY and has completed selected graduate curricula in music from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Ms Lapidus is currently a violinist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and has been awarded a stationary position in the orchestra. She has performed with the St. Cecilia Orchestra, the Berkshire Opera Festival and the Schenectady Symphony. She has performed in a broad range of settings including: orchestral backup for Broadway-on-Tours, popular concerts at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Schenectady Light Opera and local choral societies. She has played numerous weddings and functions in the capital area.

Ms Lapidus teaches violin in her studio in Niskayuna, NY.


Sue Nazzaro

Our cellist/violist, Sue Nazzaro, received a degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music. She has many years of orchestral playing including with the St. Cecilia Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Albany Symphony. Sue has extensive experience playing with area choral societies and as backup for shows in the Proctors Theater, SPAC, and the Palace Theater. She also plays for weddings and other occasions throughout the capital area. She is the proprietor of a bow shop where she rehairs and repairs bows. She conducts the Saratoga Youth Orchestra and teaches cello, viola and violin in her home in Saratoga Springs.