Sam Haywood

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’. As a chamber musician he regularly performs with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis.

Recent recordings have included the piano works of Julius Isserlis for Hyperion, a recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano and an appearance on Joshua Bell’s ‘Musical Gifts’ for Sony Masterworks. Sam’s invention ‘memorystars’ (, used by the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, can significantly reduce the time needed to memorise a music score. His wide-ranging passions include natural history, technology, magic, kick scooting and table tennis. He is also Artistic Director of the Solent Music Festival.