InConcert Sierra Presents Pianist Sam Haywood

Pianist Sam Haywood will give a special performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30th in Grass Valley, in an appearance presented by InConcert Sierra.

Haywood first performed in Grass Valley alongside celebrated violinist Joshua Bell in October 2015. The concert sold out months in advance, thanks in large part to Bell’s world-class reputation. However, it didn’t take long for the audience to take note of the London-based pianist. They weren’t the only ones enamored by Haywood’s performance that year. The Washington Post wrote that, “Violinist Joshua Bell meets his match in pianist Sam Haywood.”

InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin, also a pianist, formed an immediate bond with Haywood and quickly invited him back to Grass Valley for a solo performance.

“Some concerts remain with you for a long time after they have passed. It’s to do with the music, the venue, the instrument – but mostly the people you meet. This was certainly the case with my InConcert Sierra recital with Joshua Bell two years ago. I talked with such a variety of interesting people – about music, of course, but so much more besides. I left feeling inspired, full of new ideas and touched by their warmth and generosity,” Haywood said.

“So I am naturally delighted to be returning to pick up threads and engage with the audience in a different way this time – with a programme of some of the solo piano works I have enjoyed performing most over the years,” he added.  

His April 30th performance will feature beautiful works of the classical piano literature as well as an original composition by Haywood. The program includes Beethoven’s Opus 27, No. 2 “Moonlight” sonata, Schubert’s Impromptus D. 899, Nos. 3 and 4, Mendelssohn’s “Rondo Capriccioso,” three pieces by Chopin and more.

Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his ‘dazzling, evocative playing’ and ‘lyrical sensitivity’ and the New York Times his ‘’passionate flair and sparkling clarity’. He embraces a wide spectrum of the piano repertoire and is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician or with accompanying Lieder. He has had a regular duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010 and also often performs with cellist Steven Isserlis. Following his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him the Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He studied both at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, of which he is an associate (ARAM).

There will be a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum April 30th. The concert will begin at 2. Tickets are $45 for the general public, $40 for members of InConcert Sierra and $22 for youth. They are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and also at the door on the day of the concert.

It will be presented at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please go to






WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: Special performance with Pianist Sam Haywood

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30th

TICKETS: $45 for the general public, $40 for members of InConcert Sierra, $22 for youth 17 and under. Available at 530-273-3990,, at BriarPatch Co-op or at the door the day of concert.

INFO: 530-273-3990 or visit