Pianist Sam Haywood to Perform and Record a CD at SF March 11-12

Pianist Sam Haywood to Perform and Record a CD at SF March 11-12

Sam Haywood (Photo by Ovidiu Micsik)
Sam Haywood (Photo by Ovidiu Micsik)


Pianist Sam Haywood will perform two concerts as part of the Santa Fe College Master Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, 2016. Both performances will take place in the Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville.

Tickets are $25 for the orchestra and mezzanine, $20 for the balcony, $15 for seniors and children in all sections, and free for SF College students with valid ID. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181. Tickets may be purchased online at

As a chamber musician, Haywood is a regular duo partner with world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell and with British cellist Steven Isserlis. Haywood performs with many leading chamber ensembles and his piano recitals have won critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls.

While in Gainesville, Haywood will be recording his rehearsals and performances for use in production of a compact disc. “This is a first for Santa Fe College!” exclaimed Fine Arts Department Chairperson Alora Haynes. “It’s the first time that a professional musician has recorded a CD here, and we are thrilled.”

Haywood’s previous recordings include the piano works of the Russian composer Julius Isserlis (on Hyperion), “Composers in Love” that includes works inspired by composers’ muses, and a world premiere recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano of 1846. Haywood is also featured on two of Joshua Bell’s recordings for Sony Masterworks.

Haywood will perform different programs on Friday and Saturday nights. “The repertoire is a ‘who’s who’ list of all the best composers and the most beloved works from those composers, including Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart,” Haynes said. The programs are as follows.

March 11, 2016

Bach-Busoni: Chaconne

Beethoven: Sonata quasi una fantasia Op 27 No 2 ‘Moonlight’
Adagio sostenuto
Presto agitato

Villa Lobos: Prole do Bebê A.140 Book 1 (The Dolls)
Branquinha (The White Porcelain Doll)
Moreninha (The Brunette Paper-Maché Doll)
Bruxa (The Cloth Witch Doll)
A Pobresinha (The Rag Doll)
O Polichinelo (The Punch Doll)


Julius Isserlis Ballade No 2 in E flat minor Op 3
Chopin Ballade No 4 in F minor Op 52
Chopin Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31,
Chopin Nocturne in D flat Op 27 No 2
Chopin Polonaise No 6 in A flat Op 53

March 12, 2016

Mozart Sonata in C major K330
Allegro moderato
Andante cantabile

Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op 13 ‘Pathetique’
Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio
Adagio cantabile
Rondo: Allegro


Chopin Scherzo No 1 Op 20
Alkan Barcarolle Op 65 No 5
Chopin Barcarole Op 60

The co-founder and Artistic Director of England’s Solent Music Festival that combines recitals by internationally renowned artists with projects in the local community, Haywood attaches great importance to his work with young people. He has written a children’s opera and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops and master classes. On his first day at SF College, Haywood will give private lessons to advanced keyboard students.

Haywood’s mentors include David Hartigan, Paul Badura-Skoda and Maria Curcio. Following his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded Haywood their prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He studied at the Universität der Künste in Vienna and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The Washington Post has hailed Haywood’s “dazzling, evocative playing” and “lyrical sensitivity,” while the New York Times has praised his ‘’passionate flair and sparkling clarity.”

Haywood’s appearances at SF College are sponsored in part by the SF College Fine Arts Department and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Visit Gainesville, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

For more information about the concerts, the Fine Arts Hall, or the Fine Arts Department, call Alora Haynes at 352-395-5296.