John Nicholas Maw (5 November 1935 – 19 May 2009) was a British composer.
Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, Maw was the son of Clarence Frederick Maw and Hilda Ellen Chambers. He attended the Wennington School, a boarding school, in Wetherby in the West Riding of Yorkshire. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was 14. He attended the Royal Academy of Music on Marylebone Road in London where his teachers were Paul Steinitz and Lennox Berkeley. He then studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch.
From 1998 until 2008, Maw served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught music composition. He had previously served on the faculties of Yale University, Bard College, Boston University, the Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University, and Exeter University.
Maw is best known for the orchestral pieces Odyssey (1987) and The World in the Evening (1988), the guitar work Music of Memory (1989) and a violin concerto (1993) written for Joshua Bell. His music has been described as neo-romantic but also as modernist and non-tonal (for instance Personæ, his cycle of piano pieces).
Thomas Viloteau (born 1985) is a French classical guitarist who began his studies at the age of 12 in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône in southern France. After beginning his career in France, in 1998 Viloteau continued his studies when he attended the Escuela de Música Juan Pedro Carrero in Barcelona, Spain. Here he studied under Maité Rubio while taking additional master classes with Álvaro Pierri. Furthering his education in Spain, beginning in 2000 Viloteau entered the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Barcelona where he studied with teacher Joan Furio. Returning to France in 2001, Viloteau entered the École Normale Supérieure in Paris after receiving the Fondation Zigmund Zaleski Scholarship. Here he studied under the guidance of maestro Alberto Ponce and graduated in 2004 with a Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste. Remaining in Paris, Viloteau entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2004, where he studied with Roland Dyens and worked privately with Judicaël Perroy. In 2009, Viloteau received the Milton Salkind Scholarship Fund to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where graduated with a Professional Studies Diploma after studying with professor Marc Teicholz for a year.