David Shenton is an English pianist, violinist, composer and arranger living and working in New York City. David currently acts as pianist/Music Director to Valerie Holiday, John Treacy Egan, Yanna Avis, Ashley Gramins, Michael Zegarski, Christian Hoff, Salina Sias, Sasha Lazard and others. Other musicians (performers) with whom David has recently collaborated include Tony Bennett, Denyce Graves, Renée Fleming, Sherrill Milnes, Liz Callaway, Amanda McBroom and Katie Couric. David performs regularly in NYC with other noted musicians including David Finck, Dave Eggar, Mike Viseglia, Alex Alexander, Everett Bradley, Hendrik Helmer and many other esteemed players.
David is one third of the popular group, O Sole Trio, consisting of singers Erin Shields and Giuseppe Spoletini. O Sole Trio has a residency at NYC's prestigious Metropolitan Room, where you can see them every two weeks in concert. (Tour dates are announced on their website.)
In 2010 gave his Lincoln Center classical début on piano with a programme consisting of Schumann, Chopin and George Crumb's Vox Balaenae. In 2012 David will be making his Lincoln Center début on violin with a programme consisting of Kreisler and early 1900's repertoire. As a violinist, David has performed frequently as a soloist with leading orchestras and is currently in the process of performing several recitals of Classical and Romantic violin sonatas in the Tri-State area.
Known as 'The Society Pianist of Manhattan', David has had the pleasure of performing frequently at some of the most elegant homes in and around New York City. He was also the first person to perform (and be resident) at The Standard Hotel's exclusive 18th Floor (formerly known as The Boom Boom Room), playing frequently for the likes of Cameron Diaz, P. Diddy, and other members of the 'Hollywood Élite'. David was personally invited by billionaire Ronald Lauder to perform at his private mansion for the 10th Anniversary of his Neue Gallery.
David is the composer of five musicals all of which have premièred in New York. He was recently commissioned to write a ballet for The Pendulum Aerial Dance Company in Portland (OR), who performs this work, Ascension, frequently. David wrote his first film score for Franc Reyes' drama, Beauty, which was screened in Hollywood, Miami and New York. A prolific arranger, David has worked for Abbey Road & CTS Studios (London), on Hollywood movies, West End & Broadway shows. He re-orchestrated the music for Howard Blake's The Snowman, which has run in the West End since 1998, and currently has 2 orchestrated shows running in Germany. David was commissioned to write a song for the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. The song was premièred at the same concert at which David also performed the world-première of a new song by composer Stephen Schwartz.
David's CDs are widely available and his solo piano CD, Sunnyside Blues, has won high acclaim as well as several awards. David teaches extensively and, as a coach, accompanist and teaching professor, is on the faculties of NYU, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, The New School, is visiting professor of violin and piano at St. Thomas Choir School, and is the Music Director at Grace Church School in Manhattan.
Born in Rotherham (South Yorkshire), England in 1975, David studied violin and piano at The Royal College of Music, London from where he graduated with the highest honours.