About this Artist
Ethiopian-Hungarian violinist Nebyu Samuel has performed as a soloist at international music festivals and venues such as the Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie Concert Hall, KKL in Lucerne, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater in Philadelphia, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal and Grosse Saal in Salzburg, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Mayor in Colombia, Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru, and Astana Central Concert Hall in Kazakhstan.
His first CD, “Music by Composers of African Descent,” was released on the BCM+D label and was named Album of the Week by WRTI radio in Philadelphia and WQXR in New York. Samuel is featured on a second CD, called “Majestic Classics,” where he performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra and violist Juan Miguel Hernandez under the direction of Maestro Eduard Schmieder. Samuel studied under the tutelage of Dr.Eduard Schmieder in Philadelphia and has also studied with Professor Lamber Orkis. Samuel has also received instruction from Amy Oshiro-Morales from the Philadelphia Orchestra and Linus Roth from Leopold Mozart University in Augsburg. In 2019, he was the featured soloist at the Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, performing the “Singing Rooms” Violin Concerto with Choir and Orchestra composed by Jennifer Higdon, and also gave a recital with Lambert Orkis in Rock Hall, Philadelphia. Samuel has also
Samuel received a commendation from the city of Los Angeles after his performance at the Walt Disney Hall in 2019. In October 2019, Samuel joined Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Virtuosi on her sixth tour with the exclusive soloist ensemble in South America. He performed Mendelssohn’s Octet and Bach’s concerto for two violins with Anne-Sophie Mutter. In January 2021, during the lockdown, Samuel performed a recital with Charles Abramovic on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Philadelphia virtually for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In the Fall season of 2021, he joined Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mutter Virtuosi on a month-long European tour, giving 19 performances in Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland. On September 1st, he performed a debut recital at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland with pianist Charles Abramovic, presenting a recital of composers of color, which included a premiere that was written for Samuel “Grey Fireworks” by composer Tyson Davis.
Samuel collaborated with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter on her US tour in January-February 2023. During the tour, he had the opportunity to perform the US premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Gran Cadenza, a piece written for two solo violins, alongside Ms. Mutter. In the summer of 2023, Samuel embarked on a 21-concert tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mutter virtuosi. During this tour, he had the privilege of performing the European premieres of the Previn nonet and Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, alongside his mentor Anne-Sophie Mutter. Starting from September 2023, Samuel has been selected to be a Resident Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.