Samuel Nebyu is the winner of numerous national and international competitions including Grand prizes at the National ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Solo Competition (2015), “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition (Romania, 2013), Flame International Violin Competition (Paris, 2008), and a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions (CA, 2014). Born in Hungary of Ethiopian-Jewish descent, Samuel spent most of his early childhood in Asia. Starting playing the violin at the age of six, at fifteen, he was admitted to the Young Talents Program at the Brussels Royal Conservatory where he received tutelage from renowned musicians, including Igor Oistrakh. He was a violinist-in-residence for several years at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Currently, he is in DMA program at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University working with Eduard Schmieder who is a Distinguished University Carnell Professor of Violin and Artistic Director of Strings.
Samuel has performed as soloist with number of orchestras, including the Brussels Philharmonic, at important international music festivals, and in venues such as the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, and Alice Tully Hall in New York.
In 2015, he was selected as iPalpiti Junior and was a featured soloist with iPalpiti orchestra in Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center. Since, he has returned to iPalpiti every season, and in 2017 was a featured soloist together with iPalpiti alumnus violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez at Walt Disney Concert Hall, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
In 2016, he received the prestigious Clifton Emerging Artist Award, gave a recital at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and became a prize winner of the Mozarteum Salzburg Festpiel competition – the only one of 291 violinists to be selected as one of the eight prize winners – and was further honored to conclude the winners concert at the Mozarteum Grosse Saal. From 2017, Samuel teaches at the Community Music Scholars Program at Temple University. Highlights of the 2019 season were: featured soloist at Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, performing Concerto for Violin with Choir and Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon, recital with Professor Lambert Orkis (long-time piano partner of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter), and a tour with Mutter’s Virtuosi exclusive soloist ensemble of Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing through South America. Samuel is the 3rd iPalpiti artist chosen by the great violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; prior artists were cellist Kian Soltani and bassist Roman Patkolo. Highlights of this spring was a recital with Charles Abramovic (collaborative pianist of Midori) at LACMA’s Sundays Live! livestream series.
His CD “Violin Gems from Black Composers” was released on BCM+D label in 2018, selected for Grammy nomination, named Best Album of the Year by numerous classic radio stations across the nation, including KUSC-FM.