Sholto Kynoch

Faculty & Staff / Sholto Kynoch

Guest Artist - Collaborative Pianist

Department Name 
Westminster Office of Continuing Education
Mailing Address 
101 Walnut Lane Princeton, NJ 08540

Sholto Kynoch is in demand as a chamber musician and song accompanist, regularly performing with many outstanding instrumentalists and singers.

Recent highlights have included recitals at Wigmore Hall (with violinist Kaoru Yamada), the Berliner Konzerthaus (with soprano Olja Dakic), the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore (with violinist Tee Khoon Tang), the St Endellion Festival, the Chichester Festivities, Cambridge Summer Music, the Perth Festival, the Brasov International Chamber Music Festival in Romania, the Chelsea Schubert Festival (with the Doric String Quartet) and a series of recitals in Sweden (with violist Ylvali Zilliacus). In the BBC Proms he has performed two major chamber works by the composer Marc-André Dalbavie for a “Composer Portrait” Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

Performances in 2011 included a performance of Mozart’s A major Concerto, K488, at St John’s Smith Square, a recital at the Opéra de Lille with mezzo-soprano Rowan Hellier, and recitals in Sweden amongst many other concerts around the UK. He is the pianist of the Phoenix Piano Trio, with violinist Jonathan Stone and cellist Marie Macleod. The trio recently performed the complete Beethoven trios in various venues, alongside five newly commissioned works. They will give their Wigmore debut in May 2012.

He is currently recording the complete songs of Hugo Wolf for release on Oxford Lieder Live; this twelve-volume series will be the first complete edition of these songs. Volumes One and Two (with Sophie Daneman, Anna Grevelius, James Gilchrist and Stephan Loges) were released in 2011 to critical acclaim. Gramophone Magazine wrote: “The team of four singers is first-rate, responsive in every way, and if anything even more remarkable is the work of their pianist, Sholto Kynoch, displaying an exceptional expressive range, not only ideally agile but with the most subtle range of tone and dynamic.”

With baritone Mark Stone, he is also recording the complete songs of Havergal Brian and John Ireland. In 2010 his debut CD was released on Stone Records, with violinist Kaoru Yamada, in a programme of fantasies by Messiaen, Schoenberg and Schubert (“stands out for high-quality playing” – The Observer).

Sholto is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, where he has accompanied countless song recitals over the past ten years, working with singers including Daniel Norman, Susanna Andersson, Geraldine McGreevy, Mark Stone, Kate Royal and Jonathan Lemalu. In 2008, he was privileged to play for the “Farewell” recital of tenor Ian Partridge.

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. For more information, visit