Sid Samberg performs at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival on the 8th and 9th of August at The Royal Overseas League.
A composer and pianist who refuses to be confined by any sort of convention, Sid Samberg is a truly remarkable musician for his generation.
Having been schooled at home since a young age, he has always been drawn to music and played for the world-renowned violinist, Ida Haendel, at the young age of ten.
Still, only 22 years old, Samberg has an impressive CV; having for the first time recorded a disc of his own compositions aged 11, lectured at St. Francis College at the age of 15 and performed to a host of leading figures throughout his life, including Victor Borge, Shulamit Ran and Terry Riley.
Sid can also count many high-profile international venues in his concert portfolio. He has performed at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Green Mill Contemporary Music Series, the Music Gallery of Toronto, Lilfest Music Festival, the Kinzie Loft Concerts, the Kerrytown Concert House and the experimental series Music with a View in New York City amongst others. He has also performed in Italy, Scotland and Puerto Rico.
Sid Samberg - Larsen B video:
Sid's compositions are drawn from a wide range of inspirations. The central work on his album Illusions is inspired by paradoxes and an exploration of what is real and what is not. Other works have been inspired by religious texts including the psalms and the teachings of the ancient Zen Buddhist master Hui K'o. Nature and climate change are also strong themes in Samberg's work; they are the inspiration for his work entitled Oceans Piece as well as Larsen B, which is named after the largest ice shelf ever to fall off of Antarctica.
Politics, too, are a major source of inspiration for Sid. The symphony he is currently working on could be described as "antiwar", and each of the movements chronicle a foreboding march that is stuck in a soldier's head during battle, the efforts of a failed hero, and a lament, respectively.
He also recently published an article in Contemporary Music Review, on American composer Frederic Rzewski's best-known piece, "The People United will Never be Defeated!"
His works have received international recognition; having been performed at the Unehorte Musik series in Berlin in a programme that also featured Pierre Boulez, George Flynn and Ada Gentile.
The variety of ideas and experiences which he draws inspiration from, as well as his versatility in his performance, portend to an exciting career. Through his compositions and performances, Sid Samberg hopes to bring a fresh approach, engaging audiences who are not yet existing classical music fans. His energy and wide interest prove that, undoubtedly, he is someone to watch.
Sid Samberg Official Website
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Official Website