Samantha Ward |
Artistic Director & Founder
Samantha Ward has performed extensively around the UK, Asia and Europe, appearing on British television and radio numerous times and making her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 2007. She has performed in major venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and St David's Hall in Cardiff, as well in concert halls around Asia, such as Tokyo's Toppan Hall, and Steinway Halls in London, Beijing and Tokyo.
In August 2013 Samantha launched PIANO WEEK, the international festival and summer school for pianists of all ages and abilities, where she frequently collaborates with both Professor Leslie Howard and Stephen Kovacevich, performing two piano recitals. The festival has taken place in the UK, Japan, China, Germany and Italy, partnering with leading names in the music industry such as Steinway & Sons UK and Asia Pacific, G. Henle Verlag, Schott Music and Pianist magazine. PIANO WEEK has been invited to have its own concerts at Steinway Halls internationally, including London, Milan, Beijing and Tokyo.
She has won first prize in several major UK competitions, such as the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, the Hastings International Concerto Competition, the Musicians' Company Maisie Lewis Award and the Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition.
Aside from her performing career, Samantha is also a recording artist and author for Schott Music publishers, and frequently records both solo and duet albums for them. She is also an Ambassador for them for many of their educational series of books, promoting them via both online and in-person seminars and master classes. In 2018, she toured Asia, combining a busy schedule of lectures for Schott, alongside solo and chamber music performances in Macau, China, Honk Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. She is a frequent jury member of the Odin International Piano Competition and the Musicians' Company Maisie Lewis Awards at the Wigmore Hall, and she was invited to Hong Kong to be a jury member of the Hong Kong Youth International Piano Competition.
Samantha has recorded the complete piano works of Rory Freckleton for the Quartz label, as well as Dora Bright's two works for piano and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Peebles for the SOMM label. Her solo debut recital at St John's Smith Square was chosen to be filmed for the festival 'Slow down London' and she was nominated for a 'Women of the Future award' in the arts, subsequently featuring in Stylist magazine.
Samantha was awarded a fellowship from the Guildhall School of Music for the year 2007/8, where she studied with Joan Havill. She previously studied with Leslie Riskowitz and at Chetham's School of Music with Alicja Fiderkiewicz.