Samson Tsoy

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About Samson

The 2023/24 season sees Samson debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, alongside a return to Wigmore Hall with Tine Thing Helseth and 12 Ensemble where he will play-direct Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1.

Recent highlights have included a solo recital at Wigmore Hall, concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra with Gergely Madaras (Scriabin’s Prometheus) and Maxim Emelyanychev (both Brahms Piano Concertos in one evening), and a concert with Münchener Kammerorchester and Enrico Onofri. He also collaborated with acclaimed American artist Richard Serra at the Gagosian Gallery, where he performed Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

Samson frequently collaborates with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, and this season the duo make their recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, and Rotterdam’s De Doelen, alongside a return to Wigmore Hall. They will take part in a digital installation at Antwerp’s MoMu combining choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Schubert’s Fantasie. Recent highlights for the duo include performances at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw and London’s Southbank and Barbican centres. In 2019, the duo co-founded the Ragged Music Festival where they perform alongside Alina Ibragimova, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lawrence Power and Elena Stikhina.

Lauded for his originality and "inexhaustible imagination’" Samson has performed in venues and festivals around the world including the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Aldeburgh festival, Théâtre de la Ville and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, and Verbier Festival. In 2023, he was the first-ever classical musician to perform for the opening of the Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz (Munich Security Conference) in front of the world’s most important political leaders.

Samson’s debut album featuring solo works by Brahms will be released by Linn records next year. He was born in Kazakhstan and is based in London.

Samson is based in London

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Season Highlights

Oct 2023
Congress Centre, Eastbourne
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 London Philharmonic Orchestra Charlotte Politi (conductor)
Jan 2024
Wigmore Hall, London
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 (play-direct) 12th Ensemble
Feb 2024
De Doelen, Rotterdam
Works by Stravinsky, Desyatnikov, Schubert Duo recital with Pavel Kolesnikov


Sample Programmes

  • Sample Programme 1: Bach

    Bach Bach: Partitas Nos. 1-6

  • Sample Programme 2: “Playing is just playing”

    Complete Partitas by Bach & selection from Játékok by Kurtág in two evenings Kurtág: Játékok Bach: Partita No.2 Kurtág: Játékok Bach: Partita No.3 interval Kurtág: Játékok Bach: Partita No. 4 /// Kurtág: Játékok Bach: Partita No.1 Kurtág: Játékok Bach: Partita No.5 interval Kurtág: Játékok Bach: Partita No. 6 Kurtág’s musical language, his idea of playfulness and freedom within precision and intensity of meaning resonates beautifully with Bach’s limitless inventiveness within strict polyphonic principles. “Pleasure in playing, joy of movement” – these words of the author himself revealing the essence of Játékok apply miraculously to astonishing six keyboard Partitas that contain arguably Bach’s most daring takes on the traditional dance forms. It is the ultimate mastery and discipline of two great composers that, as if by some trick, draw a breathtaking range of emotions and colours from simple ideas. “Playing is just playing”, says Kurtag, and maybe this is where the true magic and purity comes from.



  • Scriabin Prometheus Poem of Fire

    Philharmonia Orchestra at Bold Tendencies
    Jun 2022
    • ***** If you want cosmic, it was cosmic. Samson Tsoy triumphed as the intrepid piano soloist.

    • **** Prometheus is in similar language, but more feral and dangerous, and it requires a piano soloist: the magnificent Samson Tsoy navigated its fiery challenges with great flair.