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 working with singers. He has had a regular duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010 and often performs with cellist Steven Isserlis.
Haywood is passionate about period instruments and has made a recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano. He has recorded two solo albums for Hyperion, one featuring the piano music of Julius Isserlis and the other Charles Villiers Stanford’s preludes.
He is Artistic Director of the Solent Music Festival in UK and the inventor of the memorisation aid memorystars®. Other passions include literature, natural history, technology, magic, fountain pens and table tennis.