Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world's major concert halls.
As a chamber musician, he regularly appears with Joshua Bell and cellist Steven
Mr. Haywood has recorded the piano works of Russian pianist-composer Julius Isserlis. His
latest album, Composers in Love, brings together both well-loved and lesser-known
music inspired by composers' muses. To celebrate Chopin's bicentennial year, Mr. Haywood
made the world-premiere recording on Chopin's own Pleyel piano, part of The Cobbe
Collection. He is also featured on Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and
Friends. His performances have been broadcast extensively in the US and Europe, and he
was recently a guest on BBC Radio 4's Midweek and BBC Radio 3's In
Following Mr. Haywood's early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition,
the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him its prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He
studied with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, where he began his enduring love affair with
opera. At the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was mentored by the great teacher Maria
Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel.
Mr. Haywood has had private audiences with Princess Diana, Prince Michael of Kent, Hillary
Clinton, and Xi Jinping.
Mr. Haywood is co-founder and artistic director of the Solent Music Festival, which
combines recitals by internationally renowned artists with projects in the local community.
He attaches great importance to his work with young people: he is an ambassador to the West
Lakes Academy, has written a children's opera, and is regularly involved in family
concerts, workshops, and master classes. His Song of the Penguins for bassoon
and piano is published by Emerson Editions. He is also the inventor of memorystars, which
can dramatically reduce the time needed to memorize a music score, or indeed any printed
Mr. Haywood's many passions include natural history, physics, technology, magic,
kick-scooting, fountain pens, creating hanging mobiles, and table tennis.