Samuel Thompson
Status: Member
Member Since: September 10, 2003
Last Visit:August 15, 2023

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson enjoys a career as a performer, educator, journalist and arts administrator. Recent solo appearances include the premiere of playwright Bill Barclay’s The Chevalier at the Tanglewood Music Center and the East Coast premiere of Florence Price's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey.

Samuel has been heard in venues including The REACH at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall,the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), August Wilson African-American Cultural Center (Pittsburgh), Wortham Theatre Center (Houston) and Koerner Hall (Toronto) in addition to numerous concerts and recitals in cities including New Haven, Washington DC, Baltimore, Austin, Chicago, Miami, and both Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina. Internationally, he has been appeared on stages in the Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Italy, Canada and Cameroon, and has participated in Spoleto Festival USA, the Gateways Music Festival, the Colour of Music Festival and the International Saint-Georges Festival.

An active member of Mid-Atlantic arts community, Samuel performs regularly with Philadelphia’s Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, National Philharmonic and several ensembles in Washington DC. Samuel is also a dedicated teacher, currently serving as a teaching artist for the DC Youth Orchestra Program.

In 2019, Samuel was commissioned to write an article titled “Who’s Fighting for Racial Diversity in Classical Music” for online industry magazine He has also written for the Sphinx Organization, Strings Magazine, the San José Chamber Orchestra, online industry magazine and Nigel Kennedy Online.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Samuel received the Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music where he studied with Kenneth Goldsmith and Raphael Fliegel.

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