"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."