Interview in De Nieuwe Muze

Sam is honoured to have been interviewed by Dutch music magazine De Nieuwe Muze, alongside such musicians as Gordan Nikolic, Gabriela Montero and Anne Queffélec. Click read more to view the article.

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Glowing review for German recital

Sam gave two recitals in Germany in Rysum and Bremen. The first was reviewed by the Ostfriesland Presse who wrote "at this early point in time, it became clear to the audience why Sam Armstrong enjoys such international significance as a pianist". (Bereits zu diesem frühen Zeitpunkt wurde dem Publikum deutlich, warum Sam Armstrong international Eine so große Bedeutung als Pianist genießt.)

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Wigmore Hall with Egmont Ensemble

Sam was praised by Arts Desk as a "pianist of splendid originality" after his recent performance with the Egmont Ensemble in Wigmore Hall. David Nice called the artists "all so inclined to mature introspection that they certainly don’t need the epithet “promising”; everything is already here, with nothing obvious to add and only a fear for the loss of a certain perfection." Read the complete review here.

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"musical intelligence and interpretive understanding of a high order"

Sam received an outstanding review of his Wigmore Hall solo recital from Musical Opinion:

"Sam Armstrong's programme at Wigmore Hall on July 1 would have challenged any artist, and it is a tribute to the quality of this young pianist that he emerged triumphant. ... Armstrong's credentials are impressive, but it is as an interpretive musician that he made the bigger impact: any pianist who could plan and bring off a programme such as this clearly is one to watch, and those of the pianistic cognoscenti who attended this recital will need no second bidding to follow his future career with great interest."

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"a major new talent"

Sam's debut recital in the Wigmore Hall was enthusiastically reviewed in International Piano's July/August 2011 issue:

"The same can be said for the young British pianist Sam Armstrong, whose recital – sponsored by the Kirckman Society – revealed him to be a major new talent. I have never heard so persuasive an account of Berg’s Sonata Op 1 as his, and the spells he wove with Debussy’s Etudes, Book II and L’isle joyeuse were gloriously subtle; elsewhere, Brahms’ Sonata No 3 in F minor was infused with drama and beautifully controlled. What a pleasure, too, to have an encore that broke the mould – in the form of a dizzy elaboration of Embraceable You that exuded both Broadway charm and the joy of unbuttoned virtuosity."

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"truly transcendental"

Music and Vision praised Sam lavishly:

"this pianist's acute awareness of sound and natural pacing from variation to variation resulted in a performance that was, without any exaggeration, truly transcendental, captivating the audience and joining them in one unified, collective sense of awe for this remarkable music."

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