Samson Tsoy to take part in Classical Pride
In this special charity event, conductor Oliver Zeffman and the CBSO present the first Classical Pride concert given by a major orchestra in Europe.
Featuring the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an LGTBQ+ community chorus and top international soloists, this concert – presented by the broadcaster and DJ Nick Grimshaw – will celebrate the profound contribution that the LGBTQ+ community makes to classical music.
Soloists Pavel Kolesnikov, Samson Tsoy, Nicky Spence, Davóne Tines and Ella Taylor join the CBSO and Oliver Zeffman to explore music by LGBTQ+ composers, from Tchaikovsky to Poulenc and Bernstein, Caroline Shaw and a new commission from Julian Anderson. Celebrating these musicians not only for their artistic brilliance but also for their queerness, Classical Pride shows that LGBTQ+ people have always been at the heart of music at its highest level, and promises to be a thrilling evening of outstanding classical music by some of the world’s finest performers.
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.