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Samson Tsoy, Piano


“His playing is very natural and his technique is refined; a piano under his hands sounds wonderful and obeys its performer’s will.” Elisabeth Leonskaja

“… One of the brightest pianists at the Moscow Conservatory. A very deep musical talent with enormous technical abilities…”
Sergei Dorensky

“…Ferocious temperament, brilliant virtuosity and poetic soul…”
The Russian Musician

Pianist Samson Tsoy’s playing has been described as “the most promissing” by BBC Music Magazine. In 2012, he was recognized as a Laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition Paloma O’Shea and attracted the attention of legendary pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. Also his performances have been praised by the highly acclaimed Russian composer, Rodion Shchedrin and famed violinist Ivry Gitlis. He has been recognized at more than 20 international piano competitions, including the 1st Prize at the “Societa Umanitaria” International Music Competition in Milan, semi-finalist prizes at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition and Marguerite Long International Piano Competition.

Samson has participated in numerous festivals including the Switzerland’s Verbier, Spain’s Santander, Italy’s Casalmaggiore, Canada's Banff and Russia’s Mstislav Rostropovich and Rodion Shchedrin Jubilee Festivals. Venues where he has performed include the Konzerthaus in Berlin; Salle Gaveau in Paris; Wigmore Hall in London; The Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia and the Auditorium di Milano.

He has received awards and scholarships from the Goverment of the Russian Federation, the Hattori Foundation, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Mstislav Rostropovich Music Foundation. In 2008, Samson was awarded the prestigious prize for Russian performing artists by the National President’s Order “Young talent of Russia”.

In August 2010, he made a recording of works by Chopin and Liszt with Andrew Mellor at the Abbey Road Studios in London.

Samson was born in Kazakhstan in 1988 and began playing the piano when he was 8 years old with Olga Amelina at the Inozemtsevskaya School of Music. On graduation, he attended the Krasnodar State Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied under renowned Russian musicians including Nelly Mezhlumova, Yury Airapetian and Sergei Dorensky. He also attended the Verbier Academy with Dmitri Bashkirov, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Emanuel Ax and Gábor Takács-Nagy. Since 2011, Samson has been continuing his education at the Royal College of Music in London with Norma Fisher and Vanessa Latarche where he is an ABRSM Scholar and since 2013, at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria Joao Pires.

In 2013 Samson made successfully his London’s Royal Albert Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall debut recitals and future engagements include recitals and performances with orchestras at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, London’s Southbank Centre and Paris’ Salle Cortot.

Review of a recent concert Samson participated as a guest.

updated November 2014