British Concert Pianist Visits BSJ

The renowned British pianist, Mr Sam Haywood, performed a recital at BSJ on Sunday 13 November, in an event co-hosted with the British Embassy Jakarta. 

Following Mr Haywood’s early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him their prestigious Isserlis Award. 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 Maria Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel.

Mr Haywood has since performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his ‘dazzling, evocative playing’ and ‘lyrical sensitivity’, and the New York Times his ‘’passionate flair and sparkling clarity’. This season's highlights include solo and chamber music performances at King’s Place in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg and for the Philharmonic Society of Lima, Peru.

He has recorded the piano works of Russian pianist-composer Julius Isserlis (grandfather of cellist Steven Isserlis) and an album of preludes by Charles Villiers Stanford, both for Hyperion. To celebrate Chopin’s bicentennial year, Mr Haywood made the world première recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano, part of the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands. He features on two of Joshua Bell’s recordings for Sony Masterworks and has recorded works by the child prodigy Alma Deutscher. His own album, Composers in Love, brings together both well-loved and lesser known music inspired by composers’ muses.

Mr Haywood enjoys working with young musicians and, while at BSJ, he offered piano masterclasses to four of our most talented students. He has written a children’s opera and his Song of the Penguins for bassoon and piano is published by Emerson Editions. Mr Haywood is also the inventor of memorystars® which can significantly reduce the time needed to memorise a music score, or indeed any printed text.

The recital was preceded by afternoon tea, and Mr Haywood's repertoire included Bach, Schubert and Chopin.