The centrepiece of Solihull Symphony Orchestra’ Summer Concert on July 3 will be Grieg’s ever-popular piano concerto, to be played by Samantha Ward.
British pianist Samantha Ward has performed extensively around the UK and in Europe and has appeared on British television and radio several times. She has won the Guildhall School’s Beethoven and John Ireland Prizes (2004 and 2006), the Beethoven Society of Europe’s Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2006), The Hastings International Concerto Competition, the Sir Philip Ledger Prize (2006), the Marlow International Music Festival Concerto Competition (2007) and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Maisie Lewis Young Concert Artists Fund Award (2007). Locally, Samantha was a major prize winner in the Bromsgrove International Young Artists Platform as well being a finalist in both the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize and the piano section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
Samantha was awarded a fellowship from the Guildhall School of Music for the year 2007/8, where she studied under Professor Joan Havill and was awarded a major educational award from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. She previously studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester was also awarded a scholarship from the Dartington International Summer Festival.
Most recently, Samantha’s debut recital at St John’s Smith Square was chosen to be recorded by ‘Slow Down London’ to feature in their 2010 festival. Engagements in 2010 include recital and concerto engagements around the UK, performances of both Brahms Piano Concerti and recitals in Paros, Greece.
Aside from her performing career, Samantha is also a visiting teacher of piano at Wellington College and St Paul’s Cathedral School.
Music director Martin Leigh said: “Samantha is one of the finest pianists of her generation, and music-lovers in Solihull would be well advised not to miss what is certain to be an outstanding performance.”
The concert, at 7.30pm on Saturday, July 3 in Shirley Methodist Church, Stratford Road also features Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture, and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.
Tickets are available from the Solihull Box Office (0121 704 6962) or from the orchestra’s website (www.solihullsympony.org.uk). The orchestra is grateful for the support of William H Painter Ltd, and for rehearsal facilities provided by Solihull School.