Samson Tsoy

Rising star, the Russian pianist Samson Tsoy was born in Kazakhstan to a Korean father and Russian-Jewish mother. Based in the UK, he leads an international career and 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 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Junajo Mena with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Roberto Minczuk with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.


Besides his passion for orchestra works, Samson has a great interest in playing chamber music. He has appeared as soloist and chamber player in prestigious venues such as the Barbican Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Aldeburgh festival, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Salle Gaveau (Paris), Verbier Festival, Sala Verdi, Montreaux September Musical Festival, Plush Festival, Honens Festival and Rostropovich Festival.

…seriously edgy, admirable and a must-see – Michael Site in Classical Music magazine, on The Ragged Music Festival

His 2019/20 season featured performances at the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Theatre de la Ville.

Samson graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Royal College of Music in London. He has also worked under the guidance of Maria João Pires and Elisabeth Leonskaja. Laureate of the Santander Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition, he is a winner of the 9th Campillos International Piano Competition, a recipient of the Milstein Medal Piano Award, a laureate of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and a City Music Foundation artist. He regularly performs with the pianist, Pavel Kolesnikov. Last September, they both launched a “seriously edgy, admirable and a must-see” (Classical music magazine, Michael White) festival in East London ‘the Ragged Music Festival’ which received a 5 stars review by the Independent.