Praised by The Observer for his ‘exceptional… deft and responsive’ playing, the young British-Indian pianist Keval Shah performs extensively as a song accompanist and chamber musician, with a recital schedule taking him across the UK and Europe. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and St John’s, Smith Square, as well as appearing at many of Europe’s leading music festivals, including the Aldeburgh, Leeds Lieder, and Oxford Lieder festivals, and at the Heidelberger Frühling. He has made several live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and his first commercial recording with bass-baritone Michael Mofidian, performing rare Tchaikovsky songs and fragments, is due for release in 2019 on the Decca Classics label.
Keval has been a prize-winner in several competitions, notably winning the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform in 2017, the pianist’s prize at the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition, and the 2018 Vivian Langrish Memorial Trust Prize.
For the 2018/19 season, Keval is artist-in-residence at Burgh House, where he will curate a series of concerts celebrating the artistic legacy of the house and its occupants. This season also sees Keval enter the second year of a large-scale project to perform the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, with performances of the Italienisches Liederbuch and the Goethe Lieder.
Away from the concert platform, Keval is a passionate vocal coach, and combines this work with teaching positions at Cambridge University and at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Academy.
Keval studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both institutions with distinction, and from the Academy with the prestigious DipRAM in 2017. He studied with Michael Dussek, Audrey Hyland, and Malcolm Martineau. He is the 2018/19 Shinn Fellow at the Royal Academy, and is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist.