Born In 1972 in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, into a musical family, Evgeny Samoyloff displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age. From 1984 he studied with Professor Teofils Bikis firstly at the famous Special Music School in Novosibirsk and later at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, graduating in 1996 with a Masters Degree in Music.
Evgeny was the recipient of the British Council Queen's Award in 1996 and Hattori Foundation Awards in 1998 and 1999 respectively, enabling him to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Joan Havill and later at the LCMM with Professor Raphael Terroni, Dr Peter Katin and Martino Tirimo.
Evgeny has won many prizes at prestigious international piano competitions such as the Bremen International Piano Competition (1993), J. Vitols International Piano Competition (Riga 1993), Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (Vilnius 1995), Prague Spring International Piano Competition (1998), Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Macau 1999), Leeds International Pianoforte Competition (2000) and the Alexis Weissenberg International Piano Master Class in Switzerland (2001 and 2002). He has appeared in many international festivals including the City of London Festival, Prague Spring, Virtuoses Da Musica (Brazil), Ramsey Festival, West Norfolk Music Festival (UK) and the Easter Piano Festival (France).
He has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic (Barbican Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) English National Opera at the Coliseum, Lithuanian National Symphony (National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius), Czech Radio Symphony (Smetana Hall, Prague), Latvian National Symphony (National Philharmonic Hall, Riga), Shanghai Symphony (Great Hall, Cultural Centre, Macau), Guildhall Symphony, (Guildhall, Southampton). Conductors with whom he has worked include Charles Hazelwood, Alexander Polyanichko, Leo Swarovsky, Leagh O'Hara, Peter Stark, Imant Resnis. Leon Gee and Juozas Domarkas. As a recitalist and soloist he has played throughout Russia, England, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Ireland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Japan and Brazil.
Evgeny plays regularly at the Wigmore Hall. “The Independent” rated his previous concert with five stars In January 2009. He also plays at Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as well as giving recitals at venues including the Southbank Centre, Blackheath Halls, Duke's Hall and St. Martin in the Fields.
Evgeny has received generous praise in the international press:
”brilliant technique to pursue keyboard poetry”(The Independent), “a gifted poet possessing wonderful inspiration and experience of the soul “ (Literature and Art Magazine), “an independent and profoundly individual way of thinking …extraordinarily capacious imagination... emotionally rich and unique individuality” (The Voice of Riga), “Samoyloff successfully marries crisp articularion, structure and flights of fancy” (International Record Review Magazine), “technically most assured” (Classical Source).
He was acclaimed in the press in Riga as “a lion of the keyboard”.
Evgeny most recent recording include disc of Tchaikovsky and Scriabin and a live recital in Switzerland for Alexis Weissenberg’s 80th Birthday. Evgeny also has made numerous recordings for radio and television in UK (for the BBC Radio 3) Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic. His live performance of Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra won the Best Recording of the Year Award in the Nordic-Baltic Joint Concert Season and has been broadcast in all the Baltic, Scandinavian countries, and in Switzerland.
Evgeny’s playing is regularly broadcasts by the BBC’s Radio 3, including his live recitals with Maxim Rysanov at the City of London Festival 2008 and 2009.