Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch

"Kynoch’s accompaniments are beautifully sensitive, flexible and transparent throughout"

Gramophone Magazine

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Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours.

Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in London, Piano Salon Christophori in Berlin and many other leading venues nationally and internationally. He has performed with singers including Louise Alder, Benjamin Appl, Sophie Daneman, Tara Erraught, Robert Holl, James Gilchrist, Dietrich Henschel, Katarina Karnéus, Wolfgang Holzmair, Jonathan Lemalu, Stephan Loges, Daniel Norman, Christoph Prégardien, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Birgid Steinberger, Anna Stéphany and Mark Stone, amongst many others.

Together with violinist Jonathan Stone and cellist Christian Elliott, Sholto is the pianist of the Phoenix Piano Trio, an ensemble that has been praised for creating a ‘musical narrative of tremendous, involving depth’. In recent years, he has curated several series of recitals at the National Gallery, including their ‘Monet and Architecture’ exhibition in 2018. He has recorded, live at the Oxford Lieder Festival, the first complete edition of the songs of Hugo Wolf. Other recordings include discs of Schubert and Schumann lieder, the complete songs of John Ireland and Havergal Brian with baritone Mark Stone, a recital disc with Anna Stéphany, and several CDs with the Phoenix Trio.

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Magic, Myths and Mortals

October 9th, 2019

Oxford Lieder Festival: HC artists perform at Sholto Kynoch’s prestigious song festival

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On Wenlock Edge with Stone Records

October 7th, 2019

Daniel Norman, Sholto Kynoch and the Brodsky Quartet join forces for a unique project and recording

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Oxford Lieder 2019

July 2nd, 2019

Booking now open for the festival’s 18th season

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On Wenlock Edge

April 3rd, 2019

Sholto Kynoch, Daniel Norman & the Brodsky Quartet collaborate on Vaughan Williams project

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Wigmore return for Hyeyoon Park

January 9th, 2019

Violinist performs Beethoven and Szymanowski in London’s iconic venue

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“Mark Stone and Sholto Kynoch prove strong interpreters of the songs, some of the most individual in the British repertoire… Strongly recommended.”
Gramophone Magazine / Havergal Brian Songbook

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“Kynoch’s accompaniments are beautifully sensitive, flexible and transparent throughout, and all three singers engage intelligently with the texts … These are all refreshing and unfailingly engaging performances.”
Gramophone Magazine / Hugo Wolf: The Complete Song, Volume Eight

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“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…Altogether an impressive achievement from an enterprising new company.”
Gramophone Magazine / Wolf Mörike Lieder Volumes One and Two

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“Sholto Kynoch is a vivid and sentient accompanist.”
BBC Music Magazine / Wolf Mörike Lieder Volume One

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“The audiences were treated to a series of outstanding and revelatory performances by all concerned. However Sholto Kynoch, who accompanied each of the singers with such empathy and consideration, deserves to be singled out for his remarkable contribution. Partnership would be a better way to describe the singer-accompanist relationship since in all the songs the piano is an equal partner and often has the last word, and songs, such as Der Feuerreiter, Lied vom Winde and Abschied demanded considerable virtuosity.”
Musicweb International / Wolf Mörike Lieder at the Oxford Lieder Festival

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Discography & Repertoire

The Complete Havergal Brian Songbook – Vol 1

With Mark Stone (baritone), Jonathan Stone (violin) and Sholto Kynoch (piano)


The Complete Havergal Brian Songbook – Vol 2

With Mark Stone (baritone), Michelle Walton (soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano)


The Complete John Ireland Songbook – Vol 1

With Mark Stone (baritone) and Sholto Kynoch (piano)


Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
01223 706023

Associate Artist Manager

Elin Jones (Cambridge)
01223 706026