Make Music Work: Samantha Ward, Piano Week
I am a British concert pianist and Artistic Director of Piano Week, the international piano festival and summer school I founded in 2013, which takes place in North Wales in the summer. I grew up in the area and hadn’t heard of a festival such as Piano Week taking place in North Wales before, so I decided to create one, not only to bring musical culture to the area, but also to provide a concert platform for pianists of my generation on which to perform. The faculty are concert pianists hailing from all around the world, all of whom give recitals and master classes throughout the week. This year, the festival will feature chamber music for the first time and I will join forces with members of the Berkeley Ensemble and with other leading instrumentalists in the UK, to include three new chamber music recitals (www.pianoweek.com).
As a pianist, I made my debut at the Wigmore Hall in 2007 and have performed at other venues around the UK, such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and St David’s Hall in Cardiff. I have appeared on British radio and television and have also performed around Europe, including at the launch of the Paros Classical Piano Festival in Greece. I have won a number of competitions in the UK, including the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award, the Hastings Concerto Competition and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Beethoven Medal and Maisie Lewis Awards. I frequently record albums for Schott Music publishers and in 2013, I was selected to be a Bluthner Artist. I am currently working on recital and concerto engagements around the UK, including the first ever recording, and the first performance since the nineteenth century, of Dora Bright’s piano concerto in A minor with the Morley Chamber Orchestra under Charles Peebles. (www.samanthaward.org).