Samson Tsoy

Samson Tsoy

Key Facts


Pianist Samson Tsoy, described as “the most promising” by BBC Music Magazine, was named Laureate of the 2012 Santander International Piano Competition.  At the invitation of the legendary Elisabeth Leonskaja, Samson performed alongside Jörg Widmann  and the Doric String quartet, at London’s Wigmore Hall. The concert received a 5-stars review and appeared on Arts Desk’s list of Best classical concerts of 2015.

Samson is a finalist of the “Vendome Prize” at the Verbier Festival and a 1st Prize Winner of the Campillos International Piano Competition. A recipient of the Milstein Medal Piano Award, Samson also enjoys being part of the City Music Foundation Artists Scheme since 2014.

Tsoy’s significant recital and festival appearances include: Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Sala Verdi, Verbier Festival, Honens Festival and Rostropovich Jubilee Festival. Recent and upcoming orchestral appearances include Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.  He worked with conductors such as Michael Hofstetter, Vladimir Ponkin, Diego Masson, Juanjo Mena, and Roberto Minczuk, among others. A wide collaborative experience as a chamber musician include performances with Cuarteto Casals, Zakhar Bron, Hsin-Yun Huang, James Campbell, Eugeny Petrov, Félix Dervaux, Helen Donath. His acclaimed performances have been broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3, Medici TV, CBC, Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française.

Samson Tsoy graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and Royal College of Music in London. He has been studying with and mentored by Yuri Airapetian, Dmitry Bashkirov, Imogen Cooper, Sergei Dorensky, Norma Fisher, Vanessa Latarche, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Maria João Pires.

Samson Tsoy enjoys a successful solo career and also performs together with pianist, Pavel Kolesnikov. A piano duo formed in 2009, they travel the world treating audiences to extraordinary, critically acclaimed performances.

Musicians’ Company Award: Maisie Lewis Prize 2013

Page Last Updated: May 2018