Since having his Carnegie Hall debut at the early age of 19, British pianist David Schofield has had numerous engagements across the United Kingdom, Europe, Ukraine, United States of America and Canada. Known for his fresh and colourful interpretations of the piano repertoire, partnered with his unrivalled youthful energy and personality, David is fast becoming one of the UK’s best crossover artists.
In 2014, David was awarded a number one in the iTunes charts for his Charity Single, The Londonderry Air. His performances have been broadcast on Classic FM, BBC television and radio along with live performances globally including venues across London’s West End, the London Olympic Games, London’s Tower Bridge and closer to his home town of Manchester both the Bridgewater Hall and The Lowry Theatre. His unique approach to the piano, his repertoire selection and personality, has meant his music has reached a diverse range of people, from the best concert pianists in the world right the way through to well-known TV personalities and celebrities.
David began playing the piano in his hometown of Manchester at the age of five. Aged nine, he started his studies at Chethams School of Music with Simon Bottomley. In 2006, David finished his ninth year at Chethams and, along with being the recipient of the Chethams Piano Prize, was offered a place and generous scholarship from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he continued his studies with British Pianist Graham Scott and Solomon Mikowsky (Manhattan School of Music). Now based in the U.K. David maintains an extensive performance career internationally.
David has had many competition successes as a pianist, by the time he reached eighteen he had already received over forty first prizes in piano competitions. Aged 12 he was introduced to the international scene when he travelled to Kiev, Ukraine to participate in the 4th International Piano Competition in memory of Vladimir Horowitz. Since then, he has had continued competition success, winning numerous prizes across the U.K, Europe, the U.S.A and Canada. He now focuses his time solely on performing, continuing his mission of getting classical and classical crossover music to a much wider and more diverse audience.
David has been involved in many charity performances including BBC Children in Need, the “New Heart, New Start charity” along with helping younger musicians with bursaries for conservatoires such as the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.