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Evgeny Samoyloff

Evgeny Samoyloff was born in Russia. He studied with Professor Teofils Biki in Novosibirsk, and later at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, graduating in 1996 with a Masters Degree in Music. Evgeny was the recipient of the British Council Queen's Award in 1996 and Hattori Foundation Awards in 1998 and 1999 respectively, enabling him to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Joan Havill and later at the LCMM with Professor Raphael Terroni, Dr Peter Katin and Martino Tirimo.

Evgeny has won many prizes at prestigious international piano competitions including the Prague Spring International Piano Competition (1998), Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Macau 1999), Leeds International Pianoforte Competition (2000) and the Alexis Weissenberg International Piano Master Class in Switzerland (2001 and 2002). He has appeared in international festivals including the City of London Festival, Prague Spring, Virtuoses Da Musica (Brazil), Ramsey Festival, West Norfolk Music Festival (UK) and the Easter Piano Festival (France).

He has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic (Barbican Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) English National Opera at the Coliseum, Lithuanian National Symphony (National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius), Czech Radio Symphony (Smetana Hall, Prague), Latvian National Symphony (National Philharmonic Hall, Riga), Shanghai Symphony (Great Hall, Cultural Centre, Macau), Guildhall Symphony, (Guildhall, Southampton). As a recitalist and soloist he has played throughout Russia, England, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Ireland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Japan and Brazil.

Evgeny has received generous praise in the international press, including a five-star review from the Independent, who noted his ”brilliant technique to pursue keyboard poetry”. Other reviews include “a gifted poet possessing wonderful inspiration and experience of the soul“ (Literature and Art Magazine) and “Samoyloff successfully marries crisp articulation, structure and flights of fancy” (International Record Review Magazine).

Evgeny's most recent recordings include work by Tchaikovsky and Scriabin and a live recital in Switzerland for Alexis Weissenberg’s 80th Birthday. Evgeny also has made numerous recordings for radio and television in the UK, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. His live performance of Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra won the Best Recording of the Year Award in the Nordic-Baltic Joint Concert Season. Evgeny’s playing is regularly broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

"I love to teach because I can help my students to become better musicians and better performers."