Sam Haywood

Sam Haywood regularly appears in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his ‘dazzling, evocative playing’ and ‘lyrical sensitivity’ and the New York Times his ‘passionate flair and sparkling clarity’. He embraces a wide spectrum of the piano repertoire and is equally at home as soloist and chamber musician. He has had a duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010 and has often performed with cellist Steven Isserlis.

After his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, he went on to study in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda. His recordings include two critically-acclaimed solo albums for Hyperion Records and an album of Chopin’s music performed on the composer’s own Pleyel instrument. He is the Artistic Director of the UK’s annual Solent Music Festival and this year curated a series of concerts, broadcast on BBC radio, for the Leeds International Chamber Music Season. He is also a composer and the inventor of memorystars®, an aid for memorising music.