Samuel Chen ʻ16 Conducts the University of Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra

Samuel Chen Class of

Meet Samuel Chen hailing from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi! Come greet Sam after the concert, which happens on Saturday, 8/21, 7:30PM at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception!

Samuel Chen is a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa (UH) where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. He serves as graduate assistant to the choral department, collaborating with the Director of Choral Activities, graduate choral conducting students, and all of the UH Choirs.

He won numerous piano competitions including the Music Teachers National Association Competition for Young Artists in Hawaiʻi, UH Symphony Orchestra (UHSO) Concerto Competition, Morning Music Club Scholarship Competition, and Hawaii Music Teachers Association Competition.Samuel conducts and leads the UHSO in rehearsal and performance as an assistant to the Director of Orchestras.

He participated in the Sinfonietta Online Conducting Academy where he studied Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun with Dr. Mathias Elmer and Dr. Kevin Sütterlin and conducted in a masterclass with Professor Christoph Rehli. At UH, Samuel has participated in masterclasses with Dr. David Jacobs, Dr. Yorgos Kouritas, Dr. Jason Tramm, Professor Allan McMurray, and Dr. Kevin Sütterlin. Samuel studied with Michael Jinbo at the Monteux School and Music Festival as a conductor, pianist, and violinist performing chamber and orchestral works.

In addition to piano and conducting, Samuel serves as principal violinist in the UHSO and has played for the orchestra since 2016. He frequently collaborates with singers and instrumentalists as a pianist, and is involved in the chamber music scene in Hawaiʻi. Samuel thanks his teachers Dr. Thomas Yee and Joseph Stepec for their wisdom, support, and guidance.

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