Byron Schenkman is a renowned harpsichordist and pianist from the United States. He has recorded more than thirty CDs of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music “for outstanding achievement in the field of early music.” Schenkman made his New York recital debut on modern piano in 2009 and his playing was described in The New York Times as “ sparkling,” “elegant,” and “insightful.”
He is a member of the new period instrument ensemble Gut Reaction and has been a featured guest with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He also appears frequently in recital with violinist Ingrid Matthews, with whom he co-founded the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in 1994. Schenkman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received his master’s degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He currently teaches at Seattle University and Cornish College of the Arts. In 2012 he also served as guest lecturer in harpsichord and fortepiano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
“An elegant stylist with a cleanly articulated sound” – New York Times“Mr. Schenkman demonstrated a lovely singing tone… an expressively phrased performance of Mendelssohn’s “Song Without Words” in E flat (Op. 30, No. 1)… a sparkling rendition of Haydn’s Sonata in E flat (Hob:XVI:52)… an elegant, insightful rendition of the Sarabande from Bach’s French Suite No. 5.” – New York Times
“Schenkman provided beautifully sculpted piano playing… stylistically brilliant, with crisp and dynamic sonorities” – Pittsburgh Post-Tribune
“Schenkman is an extraordinary keyboard virtuoso…his interpretation of Mozart’s gorgeous, theatrical Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397, was stunning” – Bloomington Herald-Times“A first-class Mozartean… an extraordinarily communicative player capable of great range and technical finesse… adding a dash of wit and humor along with the speedy fingerwork” - Seattle Times
“Guest artist for the night was the marvelous pianist, Byron Schenkman…. his virtuosity, mercurial range and power were all showcased beautifully throughout the evening” - Stylus Magazine