Official website of violinist Samuel Nebyu


Samuel Nebyu is a winner of numerous international and national competitions, including the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 National American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Solo Competition in Utah, a select winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills National Auditions, the 2013 “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition in Romania, and the 2008 Flame International Violin Competition in France. In 2016, he received the prestigious Clifton Emerging Artist Award, gave a recital at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and became a prize winner of the Mozarteum Salzburg Festpiel competition – the only one of 291 violinists to be selected as one of the eight prize winners – and was further honored to conclude the winners concert at the Mozarteum Grosse Saal. 

Born in Hungary of Ethiopian-Jewish descent, Samuel spent most of his early childhood in Asia. He began playing violin at the age of six and at age fifteen was admitted to the Young Talents Program at the Brussels Royal Conservatory. Celebrated musicians such as world-renowned violinist Igor Oistrakh, instructed Samuel during his time at the conservatory. After his time at the conservatory, Samuel began his violinist-in-residence for several years at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.  Currently, he is pursuing his Doctor of Music & Arts degree at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University under the tutelage of Dr. Eduard Schmieder, Carnell Professor of Violin and Artistic Director of Strings. Samuel has performed at important international music festivals and venues such as the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has also been a soloist with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic and the iPalpiti orchestra. His first CD “Music by Composers of African Descent” was released on BCM+D label in 2017, was selected for Grammy nomination, and named Best Album of the Year by numerous classic radio stations across the nation, including KUSC-FM.Samuel has a second CD that was released in the summer of 2018 called “Majestic Classics” where he performed Sinfonia Concertante with the iPalpiti chamber orchestra and violinist Juan Miguel Hernandez from the Fine Arts quartet. Highlights of this spring were featured soloist at Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, performing Concerto for Violin with Choir and Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon and a recital with Professor Lambert Orkis.

This upcoming October Samuel will join Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Virtuosi on her sixth tour with the exclusive soloist ensemble of Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing throughout South America.




October 10,2019

Performance in Nur-Sultan,Kazakahstan

with The Eurasian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eduard Schmieder


Alexey Shor : Seascapes Violin Concerto

Pablo de Sarasate: Navarra with Aiman Mussakhajayeva

October 19,2019

Performance in Philadelphia,USA

with The Eurasian Symphony Orchestra


Alexey Shor: Seascapes Violin Concerto

Pablo de Sarasate: Navarra

Fritz Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro

Soloists: Shlomo Mintz, Aiman Mussakhajayeva, Samuel Nebyu

October 28-November 8, 2019 

Mutter Virtuosi South America Tour 

performing with the Mutter Virtuosi in Buenos Aires, Frutillar, Lima and Bogota



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