British pianist Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim all over the world. Alongside his busy solo and chamber music career, he is a composer and Artistic Director at the Solent Music Festival. This season he makes his U.S. solo debut at the Kennedy Center and performs Chopin at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. As a chamber musician he is a regular duo partner to Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. He also works with various chamber ensembles and members of his two favourite orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Sam recently recorded the piano works of Russian pianist-composer Julius Isserlis, grandfather of the cellist Steven Isserlis, for Hyperion. To celebrate Chopin's bicentennial year in 2010, Sam made the world premiere recording on Chopin's own Pleyel piano, part of the Cobbe Collection. He is also featured on Joshua Bell's new album for Sony Masterworks, Musical Gifts, and on a CD of the works of 8-year-old prodigy Alma Deutscher. Composers in Love, an album inspired by composers' hearts' desires, is due to be released later this year.
Following Sam's early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him their prestigious Isserlis Award. Sam studied with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, where he began his enduring love-affair with opera. At the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was mentored by the renowned teacher Maria Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel.
Sam attaches great importance to his work with young people. He is an ambassador to the West Lakes Academy, has written a children's opera and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops and master classes. His Song of the Penguins, for bassoon and piano, is published by Emerson Editions.