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CMF Artist Samson Tsoy is one of ten semi-finalists in the renowned Honens Piano Competion.

To reach this stage is already an incredible achievement and Samson will travel to Calgary in September to compete for the largest prize of its kind: $100,000 CAN and an artist development programme valued at a half million dollars.

Read more about the semi-finals and finals here.

Congratulations Samson!

Ahead of Mari Poll‘s concert on the 17th June, we find out a little more about her:


Describe yourself in 3 words:  
Friendly, open minded, driven

Who do you usually perform with?  
I usually perform duo with my pianist brother Mihkel Poll or British pianist Jennifer Hughes

What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?
My biggest career highlights so far have been recording my digital debut for EMI Classics – now known as Warner Classics and also playing Bartok 2nd violin concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to? 
In September 2015 I will be performing Arvo Part’s “Tabula Rasa” for two violins and orchestra together with Viktoria Mullova, Paavo Järvi and Orcheste de Paris in the new Paris Philharmonie.

Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?
I like different performers, depending also on the repertoire hey perform and what suits who. Some of my favorite violinists are Christian Tetzlaff, Janine Jansen, Hilary Hahn.

How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?
I found out about CMF from my pianist in London. It seemed like they had the right opportunities and values for career development.

What has CMF done for you since being a CMF artist?  
So far my highlight in CMF has been playing in the BBC In Tune programme last year.

What are your hopes for the future?  
I would like to have regular solo and chamber music  recitals and organize my own festival.

Finally, your 3 desert island discs?  
Collection of pieces by Ginette Neveu, Beethoven and Bernstein by Hilary Hahn and Schubert and Schumann by Ally Ameling.



After the success of last year’s Opera in the Churchyard, St Mary-le-Bow and City Music Foundation are once again organising an evening of music in Bow Churchyard on Tuesday 16th June at 6.00pm. We are very grateful to Aberdeen Asset Management for once again making this event possible.

Performing are CMF Artists Giacomo Smith, Pedro Segundo and the Kansas Smitty’s – an innovative ensemble of young professional jazz musicians who specialise in performing traditional Parisian café jazz and 1940s New Orleans’ swing music. The Café Below will be open in the Churchyard for drinks, bar snacks and dinner.

The event is open to all and there is no charge to attend –  We look forward to seeing you there!

A4 Brass Quartet

Laura Perešivana


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