Hailed as 'a major new talent' (International Piano) and a 'pianist of splendid individuality' (The Arts Desk) British pianist Sam Armstrong has given solo debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam Kleine Zaal and at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York. He also made his South American debut 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 – Vorpommem, Ravinia and venues such as Seoul Arts Centre, Singapore's Esplanade, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall as well as the Wigmore 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 International Piano Competition, Beethoven Society of Europe Competition, was laureate of the Epinal International Piano Competition in France, and was amongst the last six pianists in the prestigious Concours Clara Haskil in Switzerland. He has also received awards from the Philharmonia Orchestra/MMSF, MBF Music 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, Murray Perahia, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mitsuko Uchida.