Described as 'a major new talent' by International Piano following his Wigmore Hall recital debut, English pianist Sam Armstrong is emerging as one of the UK's outstanding young pianists. He made solo recital debuts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York as well as the Wigmore Hall, and as concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Ecuador.
Equally dedicated to chamber music he has appeared with musicians including Ralph Kirshbaum, William Bennett, Hannah Roberts, Ju-Young Baek and Philip Higham in festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Ravinia and venues such as Seoul Arts Centre, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.
He has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Suisse-Romande/Espace 2, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago and Radio New Zealand. He was a prize winner in the Porto International Piano Competition, the Brant Piano Competition, Beethoven Society of Europe Competition, was laureate of the Epinal International Piano Competition in France and was among the last six pianists in the prestigious Concours Clara Haskil in Switzerland in 2007.
He has received awards from the Philharmonia Orchestra/MMSF, MBFMusic Education Fund, Wingate Foundation, Kirckman Concert Society and the Solti Foundation.
He studied with Helen Krizos in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music and later with Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York. He also worked in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mitsuko Uchida.