Born in October 1982, Samantha Ward began playing the piano at the age of eight before gaining a full scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester with Alicja Fiderkiewicz, five years later, where she won academic and musical prizes and awards. In September 2001, she won a piano scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she is now in her second year of study with the senior professor, Joan Havill.
Samantha has given numerous recitals round the UK and has also appeared as a soloist in the Ukraine and France, giving recitals and taking part in international master classes, working with such professors as Jacques Rouvier, Piotr Paleczny, Dominique Merlet, Martino Tirimo, Alexander Volkov, Christopher Elton and Martin Roscoe. She has also given chamber music recitals in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and a solo recital in St David’s Hall, Cardiff. As a result of winning the Chetham’s concerto auditions, Samantha gave her concerto debut in December 2000, playing Chopin’s piano concerto no 1 in e minor with the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra under Stephen Threlfall. She then went on to give performances with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Bell, the Cambridge Youth Orchestra under Peter Britton and she gave another performance with the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra this year under Mark Heron. In 2001, she was a prizewinner in the final of the Texaco Young Musician of Wales competition, held in the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and in 2002, in her first year of undergraduate study, she was highly commended in the Guildhall’s Beethoven Piano Prize, open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has also received high distinction in all her recital exams at the Guildhall, and has appeared on Granada television, HTV and S4C Welsh television, Classic FM and in the Classical Music Magazine in January 2003.
Future engagements include a performance with the Bournemouth Philharmonic Orchestra and master classes in Paris, as well as several chamber music and solo recitals. As a chamber musician, Samantha frequently works with singers and instrumentalists and is a member of a piano quintet, trio and duo. She recently won a scholarship to study at the Chamber Music International Summer Course this summer, held at the Purcell School. Samantha hopes to have a career as a concert pianist, playing both solo recitals and concerti, and chamber music.