Pianist Samson Tsoy’s playing has been described as ” the most promising” by BBC Music Magazine. In 2012, he was recognized as a Laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition and attracted the attention of legendary pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja.Read More
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.
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 Government 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 has received master classes from some of the world’s most outstanding musicians including Elisabeth Leonskaja, Barry Douglas, Tamás Vásáry, Arie Vardi and Mikhail Voskresensky.
Samson was born in Kazakhstan and began playing the piano when he was 8 years old with Olga Amelina at the Inozemtsevskaya School of Music. Upon 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 and Yury Airapetian. He also attended the Verbier Academy with Dmitri Bashkirov, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Emanuel Ax and Gábor Takács-Nagy. Samson continued his education at the Royal College of Music in London with Norma Fisher and Vanessa Latarche where he was supported by an ABRSM scholarship and since 2013, at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria Joao Pires.
Samson regularly plays in piano duo with his close friend and colleague Pavel Kolesnikov.
Samson’s future engagements include recitals and performances with orchestras at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, London’s Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, Elgar’s Room at Royal Albert Hall and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.