Richard Scholfield is a Scottish saxophonist based in Glasgow with a great passion for chamber music. His playing blends the traditional influences of European saxophone playing the contemporary edge of British and American styles, resulting in a unique sound and hugely diverse repertoire.Read More
Richard’s work as a freelance musician encompasses solo and chamber recitals, performances with leading Scottish orchestras, and frequent and varied appearances with the award-winning Campus Trio in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland.
Richard gained a Master of Arts degree in saxophone performance from the Royal Conservatoire in 2019, under the tutelage of Josef Pacewicz and visiting professor Arno Bornkamp. He also gained an undergraduate degree in saxophone performance at the RCS, and during his studies he was awarded the Governors’ Recital Prize for Woodwind (2017), as well as being awarded twice the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music – firstly with the Makaris Quartet in 2016, and later with the Campus Trio in 2018. He attained first prize in the RCS concerto competition in 2018, giving him the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Perth Concert Hall. As a student at the RCS Richard enjoyed success in both performance and academia; having been awarded the Sibelius Essay Prize in 2017 for research on transcribing the music of Prokofiev, and having been invited to present on his Master’s research project at the conservatoire’s 2019 Approaches to Critical Artistry conference on his research into transcribing Bach for the saxophone.
In the summer of 2019, Richard studied with both the London Sinfonietta Academy and the European University of Saxophone (EUS), offering a diverse range of new performance opportunities and a chance to study with some of the finest saxophonists in Europe, including Claude Delangle, Vincent Davide, Christian Wirth, Daniel Gauthier, Mariano Garcia and Joonatan Rautiola. He also attended the SAX18 festival at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2018 where he received tuition from Willem van Merwijk, and has taken part in masterclasses with other renowned saxophonists including Philippe Geiss and Kyle Horche.
Other notable appearances include concerto performances with the RCS Wind Orchestra (2017) and the Kelvin Ensemble (2017), and planned for the Summer of 2021 are performances of Debussy’s Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone (Edinburgh Youth Orchestra) and Milhaud’s Scaramouche (West of Scotland Schools Wind Band). Richard has also performed with orchestras in major venues around Scotland, appearing with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Alongside performing Richard is a skilled arranger, always looking for new opportunities to expand the repertoire of the saxophone and explore its capabilities. He has worked on both solo and chamber music transcription projects, with pieces like Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 4 ‘Dumky’ for two saxophones and piano and Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano transcribed for saxophones specially for the Campus Trio. He has also worked extensively on solo transcriptions of the works of J.S. Bach, performing the Partita for solo flute, BWV 1013 on soprano saxophone, and the Violin Partita, BWV 1006 on alto saxophone. Other projects include a reduction of Glazunov’s alto saxophone concerto for saxophone and string quartet, and works for saxophone and piano by Prokofiev, Chopin and Gershwin.