Description: Samson 2015 Tags: Samson 2015 Samson Diamond
Position: Lecturer and Leader of the Odeion String Quartet
Department: Odeion String Quartet / Music
A: Musiek IB36, Office: 46A 201
+27 51 401 9588

Samson has been appointed leader of the Odeion String Quartet. Previously, he was the principal second violinist at the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is a founding member of the jazz-classical band Quattro Fusion, and former leader of the Diamond Quartet. Samson is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, where he obtained both the Bachelor of Music Honours degree First Class (2006) and his Master of Music Performance (2007) degree with distinction. Samson got his first taste of music in Soweto, where he studied with the founding director of Buskaid, Rosemary Nalden, and in the UK with Richard Ireland, Pauline Nobes and Philippe Graffin.

Samson has won many prizes, including the prestigious 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, the Charles Hallé Award; the RNCM Eric Nicholson Bow Prize, the RNCM Major Entrance Award, Edward Heaton Scholarship and the RNCM Philip Newman Violin Prize. As a freelance orchestral player in the UK, Samson played in the Hallé Orchestra, the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and the Academy of Ancient Music.

He has been heard in concert in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin, Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, and the Musikverein in Vienna, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. Diamond and the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble performed at the BBC Proms (2007) at the Royal Albert Hall with the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Samson has appeared as soloist with L’Orchestre Nationale d’ France, the Buskaid Ensemble and prominent orchestras in South Africa, including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Samson has received quartet master classes from internationally acclaimed chamber musicians such as Andras Keller, Johannes Meissl, Christoph Richter, Seppo Kimanen, Roger Tapping Vladimir Mendelssohn, members of the Endellion String Quartet and The New Zealand String Quartet, and had regular chamber music lessons with Alisdair Tait and the late Dr Christopher Rowland.

Samson plays on a fine 1803 Wagner violin.


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