Samuel is a highly skilled freelance pianist, music teacher, and composer, renowned for his exceptional talent and passion. Graduating summa cum laude from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX, he holds a bachelor's degree in Music, a testament to his unwavering commitment to his craft.
As an educator, Samuel embraces a comprehensive teaching approach that encompasses improvisation, sight-reading, ear-training, and theory. He firmly believes that this well-rounded foundation, introduced from an early age, fosters holistic musicianship in students, enabling them to truly appreciate and pursue music at an advanced level.
Beyond his teaching endeavors, Samuel boasts an impressive performance background across a diverse range of genres, including rock and roll, indie, soul, and blues. Immersed in Austin's vibrant music scene, often referred to as the "Live Music Capital of the World," he had the privilege of sharing the stage with esteemed artists like Brian Scartocci, a 2012 contestant on NBC's "The Voice," the award-winning Latin artist Lesly Reynaga, and the acclaimed Willie D and the Hip Pockets, led by the renowned Tenor Saxophone player, Will Daniel. Throughout his career, Samuel successfully expanded his academic musical horizons by studying classical piano with Dr. Stephen Burnaman at Huston-Tillotson University and jazz under the guidance of the esteemed jazz trombonist, Andre Hayward.
Samuel's musical journey has taken him beyond the boundaries of Austin. He had the privilege of performing as a chorus member for world-renowned jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' composition, the Abyssinian Mass, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
In all his endeavors, be it performing, teaching, or composing, Samuel's dedication and passion shine through. His multifaceted musical talents continue to captivate audiences and inspire students, solidifying his position as an upcoming prominent figure in the music world.