Samson Tsoy

Samson Tsoy – pianist


Lauded for the originality and intense drama of his interpretations, pianist Samson Tsoy has already been invited to perform with renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Diego Masson as part of Philharmonia Orchestra’s “Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals” series, Junajo Mena with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Roberto Minczuk with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Both as a soloist and chamber musician Samson has appeared in prestigious venues and festivals around the world including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Theatre de la Ville and Salle Gaveau (Paris), Aldeburgh festival, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Verbier Festival, Sala Verdi, Montreaux September Musical Festival, Plush Festival, Honens Festival and the Rostropovich Festival. In September 2019, together with his partner Pavel Kolesnikov he launched a “seriously edgy, admirable and a must-see” (Classical music magazine) festival in East London ‘the Ragged Music Festival’ which received a 5-star review in The Independent.

The 2020 global pandemic changed calendar of every artist; during the summer of 2020 Samson Tsoy performed at the Wigmore Hall lockdown recital series in June, at Fidelio Orchestra Cafe in July and at Bold Tendencies’ multi-storey car park in August and September. Each recital was highly praised by London press with 5-star reviews in the Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Observer and The Arts Desk.

Samson Tsoy graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in London. He has also worked under the guidance of Maria João Pires and Elisabeth Leonskaja. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious National President’s Order “Young Talent of Russia”; he is also a laureate of the Santander Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition, a winner of the Campillos International Piano Competition and a recipient of the Milstein Medal Award. He was a City Music Foundation Artist from 2015 to 2019.

Aude-Marie Auphan (Artist Manager)


Scriabin: Three Pieces

Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2

Rachmaninov: Etude-tableaux in C Minor Op. 39 No. 1

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpt)

Tchaikovsky: October from ‘The Seasons’

Brahms Waltzes (with E.Leonskaja)


  • Bach
  • Piano concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052

  • Beethoven
  • Piano concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15
    Piano concerto No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73

  • Brahms
  • Piano concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Op. 83

  • Grieg
  • Piano concerto in A minor Op. 16

  • Händel
  • Piano concerto in F major Op. 4 No. 4

  • Haydn
  • Piano concerto in D major Hob. XVIII:11

  • Liszt
  • Piano concerto No. 1 in E-flat major S. 124
    Piano concerto No. 2 in A major S. 125

  • Mozart
  • Piano concerto No. 9 in E-flat major K. 271 ‘Jeunehomme’
    Piano concerto No. 17 in G major K. 453
    Piano concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466

  • Prokofiev
  • Piano concerto No. 1 in D-flat major Op. 10

  • Rachmaninov
  • Piano concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor Op. 1 (2nd version)
    Piano concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18
    Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini Op. 43

  • Ravel
  • Piano concerto in G major

  • Scriabin
  • Piano concerto in F-sharp minor Op. 20

  • Tchaikovsky
  • Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23

  • Bach
  • selection of Preludes and Fugues
    Partita No. 1 in B-flat major BWV 825
    Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV 830

  • Bartok
  • Suite Op. 14
    Out of Doors Sz. 81

  • Beethoven
  • Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1
    Sonata No. 2 in A major Op. 2 No. 2
    Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major Op. 7
    Sonata No. 5 in G minor Op. 10 No. 1
    Sonata No. 6 in A major Op. 10 No. 2
    Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op. 31 No. 2
    Fantasy in G minor Op. 77
    Sonata No. 27 in E minor Op. 90
    Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109
    Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111

  • Brahms
  • Sonata No. 3 in F minor Op. 5
    4 Ballades Op. 10
    Variations and Fugue on a theme by Händel Op. 24
    Vier Klavierstücke Op. 119

  • Chopin
  • selection of Etudes Op. 10 and Op. 25
    Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23
    Polonaise in C-sharp minor Op. 26 No. 1
    Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 31
    Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor Op. 39
    Polonaise in A major Op. Op. 40 No. 1
    Polonaise in C minor Op. 40 No. 2
    Fantasy in F minor Op. 49
    Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58
    selection of Mazurkas
    selection of Nocturnes
    selection of Waltzes

  • Debussy
  • selection of Etudes
    selection of Preludes
    Pour le piano

  • Granados
  • from Goyescas El Amor y la Muerte

  • Gubaidulina
  • Chaconne (1961)

  • Haydn
  • Variations in F minor Hob. XVII:6
    Sonata in A major Hob. XVI:12
    Sonata in D major Hob. XVI:19
    Sonata in E minor Hob. XVI:34
    Sonata in A-flat major Hob. XVI:46

  • Ligeti
  • selection of Etudes

  • Liszt
  • selection of Etudes
    Hungarian rhapsody in E major S. 244 No. 10
    Hungarian rhapsody in C-sharp minor S. 44 No. 12
    from Venezia e Napoli S. 159
    Mephisto Waltz No. 1 S. 514

  • Lyapunov
  • selection of Etudes d’exécution transcendante Op. 11

  • Mendelssohn
  • selection of Songs without Words

  • Mozart
  • Sonata in C minor K. 457
    Sonata in D major K. 311
    Fantasy in D minor K. 397
    Sonata in F major K. 332

  • Prokofiev
  • Etudes Op. 2
    Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 1
    Sonata No. 3 in A minor Op. 28
    “Romeo and Juliette”

  • Rachmaninov
  • Pieces-fantasies Op. 3
    selection of Etudes
    selection of Preludes

  • Rameau
  • from Pièces de clavecin: Suite in E minor
    Le rappel des oiseaux
    La villageoise

  • Scarlatti
  • selection of Sonatas

  • Schubert
  • Ländlers D. 366
    Hungarian Melody in B minor D. 817
    Impromptu Op. 90 in E-flat major D. 899 No. 2
    Impromptu Op. 90 in G-flat major B. 899 No. 3

  • Schumann
  • Papillons Op. 2
    Symphonic Etudes Op. 13
    Kinderszenen Op. 15
    Arabesque Op. 18
    Sonata No. 2 in G-minor Op. 22
    Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26

  • Scriabin
  • selection of Etudes
    Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major Op. 30
    Three pieces Op. 45
    Sonata No.9 Op. 68 ‘Messe noir’

  • Shchedrin
  • selection of Preludes and Fugues
    Two polyphonic pieces
    “Imitation of Albeniz”
    Prologue and the Races from the Ballet “Anna Karenina” (arr. Pletnev)

  • Tchaikovsky
  • The Seasons Op. 37b
    The Concert Suite from the Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ (arr. Pletnev)

  • Yun
  • Five pieces



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