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Keval Shah


Praised as ‘exceptional… deft and responsive’ (The Observer), Keval Shah has quickly established himself at the forefront of a new generation of collaborative pianists, channelling his artistry into work as a recitalist, broadcaster and pedagogue. He has been Lecturer of Lieder at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki since 2020, an appointment which made him the institution’s youngest professor. He now divides his time between running the song programme at the SibA and appearing in recital at venues and festivals across Europe.

Concerts in the 2021/2022 season include performances in London, Helsinki, Geneva and Berlin, a debut recital at Wigmore Hall, and a return to the Oxford Lieder Festival, partnering singers including KS Andreas Schmidt, Kitty Whately, Theodore Platt and Michael Mofidian. Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Winterreise with Roderick Williams, and recitals at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Leeds Lieder Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Heidelberger Frühling. In 2018, Keval embarked on a project to perform the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, an endeavour which has met with critical acclaim, including a feature in The Guardian which described his performances as ‘marvellously fresh, humane, and immediate.’ Keval’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Danish National Radio (DRP2), and he has recorded for Decca Classics.

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 and Inside Music, and in Spring 2022 he will present a three-part series on the art of accompaniment. Later in 2022, Keval will present an edition of In the Studio for the BBC World Service, exploring the artistic world of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Keval held an Edison Fellowship at the British Library from 2019-2021, where he researched changing trends in the recorded performances of Hugo Wolf’s songs, in order to better understand the composer’s place in 21st-century concert culture.

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, teaching alongside an international faculty including Soile Isokoski and KS Andreas Schmidt.

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 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. In September 2019, Keval was the official pianist of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition.

Last updated: Jan 2022