Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival.
Recording projects include an ongoing series of the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, recorded live at the Lieder Festival. He is also recording the complete songs of John Ireland and Havergal Brian with baritone Mark Stone, with whom he appears regularly in recital. Other CDs include Beethoven trios with the Phoenix Piano Trio and works by Schubert, Messiaen and Schoenberg (“Fantasy”) with violinist Kaoru Yamada.
Sholto is the pianist of the Phoenix Piano Trio, with violinist Jonathan Stone and cellist Marie Macleod. Following a complete Beethoven cycle in London and Oxford in 2011, they gave their debut at Wigmore Hall in May 2012 and returned there in December of the same year.
In recent years he has also appeared at the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, the Opéra de Lille, St John’s Smith Square (as soloist in Mozart’s A-major concerto K488), the Purcell Room and many other venues and Festivals around the UK and in Sweden, Romania and Austria. In May 2013, he gives a series of recitals in Columbia with tenor Daniel Norman.
Following a Leverhulme-funded residency, he was appointed an Honorary Research Fellow of Bangor University in 2009. In 2010, Sholto was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Sholto read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was awarded scholarships to all three institutions and upon graduation from the GSMD was appointed a Junior Fellow there. His teachers have included Michael Dussek, Graham Johnson, Vanessa Latarche, Malcolm Martineau and Ronan O'Hora.