A native of Montreal, Shawn Mativetsky is a percussionist and educator, recognized as a contemporary tabla specialist. He performs regularly in a variety of settings, including Western classical and contemporary/new music, Indian classical music, and world music. He also composes and performs music for dance and theatre. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and the United States. Shawn Mativetsky teaches tabla and percussion in the Percussion Area and is a lecturer for the Music Education Area of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
Shawn Mativetsky has studied the tabla of North India with Pandit Sharda Sahai and Bob Becker. In addition to his tabla studies, he has studied classical percussion with Pierre Béluse, D'Arcy Philip Gray, Andrei Malashenko, and Robert Slapcoff, and the percussion of kathakali dance-theatre with Bruno Paquet. Shawn Mativetsky holds a Master's degree in music from McGill University and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.