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.
Samantha's career highlights include: