Messiaen and Abrahamsen at the Sage Gateshead
Debussy anniversary year
Sam will perform two monumental contemporary works with soloists from the Royal Northern Sinfonia: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen's hour-long Schnee, quickly becoming a staple of the modern repertory. The concert is in Newcastle's Sage Gateshead on 17 January; details here.
Live performance on BBC Radio 3 & Bridgewater Hall recital
This season, Sam will play several recitals of Debussy's Preludes Book I throughout Germany in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's death.
Concerts at Vibrate!Festival Romania
Sam appears this week live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. He and violinist Emily Sun, in preparation for their recital together at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, will be interviewed by Sean Rafferty and will perform a short set together in the studio.
BBC Radio 3 appearance: Music and Words
Sam is looking forward to joining the musicians of Romania's dynamic new Vibrate!Festival for performances of Tchaikovsky, Fauré, and Lipatti between 15-18 June.
Outstanding review for solo recital in Germany
Sam will perform live in the BBC Radio 3's Music and Words with members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in an eclectic programme including works of Satie, Britten, Gershwin, Charles Ives, Schubert, and Bloch.
New Zealand tour with the Egmont Ensemble
Following Sam's recital for Weltklassik in Bald Pyrmont, a reviewer praised him as "ein Ausnahmekünstler am Klavier" (an exceptional artist at the piano). Read full review here.
"all young, all wonderful"
Sam is looking forward to joining the Egmont Ensemble on an extensive upcoming New Zealand tour, with concerts from 2-21 November, presented by the Royal Overseas League.
Review from Singapore
The Financial Times mentioned Sam in a review of up-and-coming talents: "All young, all wonderful. The future of concert pianism is in good hands."
"easily the best chamber concert of the year"
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."