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"The absurdly young and prodigiously gifted Keval Shah. If you haven’t yet heard of him, you very soon will.”

MusicOMH, March 2020

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In the 2021/2022 season Keval will give recitals at venues in London, Helsinki, Geneva and Berlin, including a debut recital at Wigmore Hall, and a return to the Oxford Lieder Festival, partnering with singers including KS Andreas Schmidt, James Gilchrist, Kitty Whately, Theodore Platt and Michael Mofidian. Future highlights include a recital with Karita Mattila at Wigmore Hall.

 

In recent seasons, Keval's performances have included Schubert's Winterreise with Roderick Williams OBE, Saariaho songs in the presence of the composer with Anu Komsi, and recitals at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Leeds Lieder Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Heidelberger Frühling.

Keval’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Danish National Radio (DRP2), and he has recorded for Decca Classics. His competition successes include winning the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform in 2017 with Michael Mofidian, and second prize at the Copenhagen Lied Duo Competition 2019, with Theodore Platt.

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. In 2022 Keval was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), in recognition of outstanding contribution to the music profession. He studied with Michael Dussek, Audrey Hyland, and Malcolm Martineau, and completed his training as an Oxford Lieder Young Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. He has also benefitted from tuition with Helmut Deutsch, Bengt Forsberg, and Roger Vignoles, and is currently studying with Tuija Hakkila. In September 2019, Keval was the official pianist of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition.

Away from the concert platform, Keval is active as a broadcaster and researcher. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 programmes including Essential Classics, Record Review and Inside Music.

In 2022, Keval will host his own series, 'The Art of Accompaniment', and present a programme on the music of Kaija Saariaho, both for BBC Radio 3.
In addition to teaching at the Sibelius Academy, Keval has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, London. 

In the coming year, he will visit the
Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music as a guest professor, and will also organise the Sibelius Academy’s first Summer Lied Academy.
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