Sholto has recently returned from Montréal, where he gave two concerts with the acclaimed German baritone Dietrich Henschel, as part of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s Schubert Festival. A rather lovely review of the second concert begins:
“His fingers seem to fly above the keyboard, he caresses the keys as one caresses a loved one. Sometimes so fast you can’t see the movement. Sholto Kynoch doesn’t just play the piano. It would be too limiting as a choice of verb and it is not a game for him. You can see it on his face. Joy, almost euphoria, as his colleague, the impressive baritone Dietrich Henschel, accompanies him, and intense concentration transform their faces from the first notes. It’s not just Schubert’s ‘L’incanto degli occhi’ that takes our breath away, but the virtuosity of the two artists on stage.” (Éklectik Média)
On Tuesday 30 April, Sholto will be performing alongside tenor Daniel Norman and the Brodsky Quartet in the premiere of Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood’s new animated film of Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge. Jeremy’s previous collaboration with Dan and Sholto, a film of Schubert’s Erlkönig, has now had nearly five million views on YouTube. This ambitious new project, masterminded by Dan, is designed for live performance. The premiere takes place at D’Overbroeck’s in Oxford: full details here.
On Saturday 6 April, events from this year’s Oxford Lieder Spring Weekend of Song were live streamed for the first time. You can still watch the audition recitals for the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, as well as Sholto’s performance of Die schöne Müllerin with Austrian baritone Klemens Sander. Watch here.
In 2018, Sholto was honoured to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. The FRAM is ‘limited to 300 former Academy students, and awarded to those musicians who have distinguished themselves within the profession.’
Sholto is delighted to be joining the artist roster at Hazard Chase, working with Vocal Department Director Sue Nicholls and Assistant Artist Manager Caroline Challis. He joins a prestigious list of artists, including colleagues Sophie Daneman, William Dazeley, James Gilchrist, Daniel Norman, Anna Stéphany and Kitty Whately. View his artist profile here.
BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting Sholto’s recital with Anna Stéphany, recorded in August at the wonderful Machynlleth Festival, on 7 and 8 September. French songs on Wednesday (including Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles) and Rhian Samuel’s Wildflower Songbook (premiered by Anna and Sholto at the Oxford Lieder Festival last October) on Thursday. Do tune in!
Following The Schubert Project, Oxford Lieder’s marathon survey of Schubert’s complete songs, the Festival won the prestigious ‘Chamber Music & Song’ category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. At the awards ceremony at the Brewery in central London, Sholto collected the Award on behalf of the Oxford Lieder Team. He also appeared at the Awards in a pre-recorded performance with Mary Bevan, who won the Young Artist Award.
This October, the Oxford Lieder Festival will be the culmination of a long-held ambition and years of planning: The Schubert Project. The UK’s first-ever complete performance of Schubert’s songs features nearly 70 concerts (Sholto will be playing fifteen of those!), around 150 artists and a huge range of other events. Find out more at the Oxford Lieder website.