Samuel Staples, Violin

Samuel was born in London to a musical family and began playing the violin when he was five after a short-lived but enthusiastic career as a cellist. Aged eight he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Natasha Boyarsky. His teachers and mentors since have included Andras Keller, Vasko Vassilev, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Boris Kucharsky, Andriy Vitovych, Sophia Rahman and Pavel Fisher. 

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed across Japan, the USA and widely in Europe as well as in many major UK venues. Recent highlights include performances of the Britten Violin Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and the complete Bach concerti in London. He is a regular guest at festivals worldwide and since 2017 has been the joint Artistic Director of the Alderney Chamber Music Festival with his sister Louisa-Rose. 

A keen orchestral musician, Samuel is in increasingly high demand as both a leader and director and has recently performed as concertmaster with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Sinfonia Cymru.

Passionate about historical performance, Samuel also enjoys collaborating regularly with many leading baroque ensembles including La Nuova Musica, Avison Ensemble and La Serenissima, with whom his recording of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins will be released next year.

Samuel is very grateful to be a Beare’s International Violin Society Artist.