Sam earned a BA in Music from the College of the Holy Cross in 2010, where he studied piano with Sarah Grunstein. After moving to Boston later that year, he coached with Sergey Schepkin. He maintains a studio of piano students in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. From 2017 to 2020 he was the Music Director at the Community United Methodist Church of Allston-Brighton. He is currently the Music Director at the Congregational Church of Greenland, NH, and the accompanist of the Porstmouth Pro Musica.
Sam started piano lessons at the age of 6. At the age of 8, he began to study trumpet, and at the age of 12 he performed The Carnival of Venice by Jean-Baptiste Arban in front of more than 1000 people at the fine arts competition of the Connecticut Association of Christian Schools. He went on to win the first and third prizes for brass solo at the national fine arts competition of the American Association of Christian Schools. At Holy Cross, Sam renewed his focus on piano.
After working as a database and web developer for Wayfair, Cambridge Select, and athenahealth, while practicing and teaching in the evenings and on weekends, Sam became a full-time pianist and piano teacher. In addition to piano technique and literature, his musical interests include composition in classical styles, literature suitable for beginning pianists, improvisation in classical styles, chamber music, and accompaniment. He particularly enjoys creating educational materials for his students.
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Pictures of Sam by Robin Radin