About Sam


Born in England, Samantha moved to Australia with her family at the age of seven. She began playing  the guitar at the age of nine.  Her teachers included Sebastian Jorgensen; Peter Lynch, at the Victorian College of the Arts; and Gregory Pikler at Sydney Conservatorium.  In 1992 she was a finalist in the Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition, where she received a special commendation.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English Literature, at the University of Sydney in 1994, she furthered her musical studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Having been accepted into the Post-Graduate Diploma of Performance Studies on a Senior Exhibition Scholarship she studied under Carlos Bonell and on graduating in 1997 was awarded the Madeline Walton Guitar Prize and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London.

Samantha has participated in numerous masterclasses with some of the top guitarists and composers in the world, including John Williams, Alirio  Diaz, Leo Brouwer, Phillip Houghton, David Russell, John Mills, Timothy Kain, Stephen Dodgson, Ignacio Rodes and Nikita Koshkin.

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She has given solo recitals in England, Wales, Australia and Spain. In 2001 she recorded a Cd entitled The Exotic Guitar which featured music by the Australian composer Phillip Houghton with whom she has had a professional association for many years.

In 2008 Sam released her second Cd entitled For Love and a Small Bag of Diamonds which features music from Spain and South America.  

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In 2015 Sam released her 3rd CD, Alma Apaixonada (Passioante Soul), music of Villa-Lobos and Dilermando Reis.

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