[…] With a lyrical sensitivity honed by his chamber-music performances, Haywood creates melodies scaled to perfection against a patina of swirling accompaniment […]
– The Washington Post
Sam Haywood has 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’.
Next season will include solo and chamber music (with Joshua Bell) tours of USA and Europe, a solo recital at Kings Place, recitals with Mark Padmore (Schubert Winterreise), the Elias Quartet and Mariko Hara. He will also be recording his second solo album for Hyperion.
Chopin Scherzo Op. 31
This is a piece I wrote for the ‘Musik und Dichtung’ series at the Wiener Konzerthaus last October.
It was inspired by Alfred Kubin’s ‘The Other Side’, a novel about a dream kingdom which becomes a nightmare. It describes a journey to a mysterious city deep in Asia – perhaps also a journey into the depths of the subconscious. Some of Kubin’s own illustrations from the book are cut into the video. Arachnophobes beware!