Samantha Bennett

Principal Second

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First year with SO: 2016

Hometown: Ames, IA

Instrument: Samantha plays on a 1769 Tomaso Eberle violin from Naples, Italy and a Eugene Sartory bow.

Bachelor of Music - New England Conservatory; Master of Music - New England Conservatory

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a violinist "full of subtlety and poise", Samantha Bennett is an active and varied performer around the globe. In 2016, she joined the Sarasota Orchestra as Principal Second Violin. Prior to this position, she was a violinist in The Florida Orchestra. She performs regularly with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and Minnesota Orchestra. As a recitalist, Samantha has performed in Boston's Jordan Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.  She has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, Spoleto Festival USA, Music Academy of the West, and Tanglewood Music Festival, where she performed for three seasons with the New Fromm Players.  A fierce advocate of new music, she is the co-founder and Artistic Director of ensembleNEWSRQ, a contemporary music collective based in Sarasota, FL. She completed her degrees at the New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein and Malcolm Lowe.

In addition to performing violin, Samantha enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, and dance.

Career Highlights:
Samantha's career highlights include:

  • Soloing on Vivaldi's 'Winter' last season with the Sarasota Orchestra.
  • Performing in the Nordic Symphony and Anu Tali in Tallinn, Estonia in August 2018.
  • As Concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony, recording works for "Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas" (Nimbus Records), including the World Premiere recording of Augusta Read Thomas's saxophone concerto Hemke Concerto "Prisms of Light".
  • Participating in the Ringling Museum's International Arts Festival in 2017 with ensembleNEWSRQ, performing five programs and soloing with Luciano Berio's Sequenza XIV for violin
  • Premiering Einojuhani Rautavaara's 'Lost Landscapes' for solo violin and orchestra at Tanglewood.
  • Performing and premiering new works as Ensemble-In-Residence with the New Fromm Players at renowned composer Bright Sheng's contemporary music festival, The Intimacy of Creativity 2015, in Hong Kong.
  • With the New Fromm Players, recording music for Renee Fleming in her play Living on Love, which was premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2014 and ran on Broadway the next year.
  • As part of the Tanglewood Music Center, performing and recording with Yo Yo Ma, Anne Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham and Emanuel Ax as part of the PBS broadcast 'Tanglewood's 75th Anniversary Celebration'.