Richard Scholfield is a freelance saxophonist based in Glasgow, having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire with a Master of Arts in saxophone performance in 2019. Richard also received a first class undergraduate degree from the Conservatoire in 2018, studying with Josef Pacewicz and visiting professor Arno Bornkamp.
During his time at the RCS 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 also attained first prize in a concerto competition, giving him the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2018. Richard has also performed concertos with the RCS Wind Orchestra (2017) and the Kelvin Ensemble (2017). He has performed as a member of the orchestra with with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, RSNO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and will play in Scottish Opera’s 2020 production of John Adams’ Nixon in China.
As a student at the RCS Richard enjoyed success in both performance and academia, having been awarded the Sibelius Essay Prize in 2017, and also having been invited to present on his Master’s research project at the 2019 Approaches to Critical Artistry conference.
In the summer of 2019, Richard attended the European University of Saxophone – a prestigious summer school with teachers including Claude Delangle, Vincent Davide, Christian Wirth and Daniel Gauthier. He also attended the SAX18 festival at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2018, where he received tuition from Willem van Merwijk. He has received additional tuition from saxophonists such as Philippe Geiss and Kyle Horche.