Sam Haywood, piano – Feb 3

Sunday, February 3, 2019 • 2pm (doors open at 1:30)

“Dazzling and evocative playing” – The Washington Post

We welcome back Sam Haywood in an intimate house concert program. This is the way chamber music was meant to be enjoyed… in a delightful salon-style social setting!

Admission fee includes an intimate one-hour concert with wine, savories and sweets, and great conversation with friends and the artists!

$75 general

$65 members

(website purchase will include $5 online fee)

Note: $15 of the ticket price is subject to sales tax


Venue – private home in Penn Valley (directions sent upon purchase)

sponsored by Aileen James, DMA


Schubert Sonata in B flat D960
Terry Riley’s “Simone’s Lullaby”
Chopin Scherzo No 1, Op. 20



Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim 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 a soloist, chamber musician or with accompanying Lieder. He has had a regular duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010 and often performs with cellist Steven Isserlis.

He has recorded two solo albums for Hyperion, one featuring the piano music of Julius Isserlis (grandfather of Steven Isserlis) and the other Charles Villiers Stanford’s preludes. His passion for period instruments led to a recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano, part of the Cobbe Collection.

In 2013 Haywood co-founded Solent Music Festival in UK. The annual Lymington-based festival features highly varied programmes and projects in the local community. Guest artists have included the King’s Singers, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Steven Isserlis, Anthony Marwood, Michael Portillo, Mark Padmore and the Elias Quartet.

He was mentored by David Hartigan, Paul Badura-Skoda and Maria Curcio. Following his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him the Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He studied both at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, of which he is an Associate (ARAM).

As a composer Haywood has written several miniatures for piano. ‘The Other Side’ was recently premiered in the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the ‘Song of the Penguins’, dedicated to Roger Birnstingl, is published by Emerson Editions. His invention ‘memorystars®’ can significantly reduce the time needed to memorize a music score.

His other passions include literature, physics, natural history, technology, magic, fountain pens and table tennis. Originally from the English Lake District, he now lives in Kent with his wife Sophia, their baby son James and cockapoo puppy Poppy.