Praised as ‘exceptional… deft and responsive’ (The Observer), Keval Shah has quickly established himself at the forefront of a new generation of pianists, channelling his artistry into work as a recitalist, broadcaster, researcher and pedagogue. He performs extensively as a song accompanist and chamber musician, with recent appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe, Aldeburgh, Buxton, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder festivals, and the Heidelberger Frühling.
Noted for his flair in programming and devising recitals, Keval’s recent highlights include an Artist-in-Residence series at Burgh House, where he curated a series of concerts celebrating the artistic legacy of the house and its occupants. In 2018 he embarked on a project to perform the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, and his engagements this season include performances of the Italienisches Liederbuch and the Goethe Lieder. Other notable highlights of the season include Keval’s appointment as the official pianist for the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition 2019.
Keval’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for Decca Classics. His debut album, with bass-baritone Michael Mofidian, is due for release on the Linn Records label in 2021.
Away from the concert platform, Keval is active as a broadcaster and researcher. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3, and in March 2020 will host his own episode of Inside Music, discussing the music which has most inspired him and shaped his artistic vision. His particular fascination with the music of Wolf led him to being awarded an Edison Fellowship at the British Library, where he is now researching changing trends in the recorded performances of the composer’s songs, in order to better understand Wolf’s place in 21st century concert culture.
Keval is also in demand as a teacher. He holds positions at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Academy, and in September 2019 he joins the vocal faculty of the Royal Academy of Music as a repertoire coach and co-ordinator of the Academy’s two song recital schemes, Royal Academy Song Circle and Academy Voices.
Keval read Music at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and then studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both institutions with distinction, and from the Academy with the prestigious DipRAM in 2017. He completed his training as a Britten Pears Young Artist and an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and his teachers have included Michael Dussek, Audrey Hyland, and Malcolm Martineau.