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Violin Performance major, Samuel Nebyu, Wins Top European Prize

August 30, 2016

Samuel Nebyu, an undergraduate violin performance major studying with Laura H. Carnell Professor Eduard Schmieder, placed first among more than 1,000 violinsts at the annual Mozarteum Saltzburger Festspiele in Salzburg, Austria. He concluded the festival with an invited performance of Waxman’s Carmen-Fantasy.

Samuel is also the Grand Prize winner of the National ASTA (American String Teachers Association, 2015) Solo Competition, the “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition (Romania, 2013), the Flame International Violin Competition (Paris, 2008) and a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions (CA, 2014).

Born in Hungary of Ethiopian-Hungarian descent, Samuel spent most of his early childhood in Asia and Belgium. He began playing the violin at the age of six after seeing a poster of the instrument in a Belgium musem. At 15, he was admitted to the Young Talents Program at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music where he studied with the renowned teacher, Igor Oistrakh and was violinist-in-residence at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. In addition to the Mozarteum Festival, Samuel has performed at the Eilat Music Festival (Israel), the Ravello Festival (Italy) and the Summit Music Festival (New York).

As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Bacau Philharmonic and the Valcea Symphony (Romania), the Brussels Philharmonic and the iPalpiti orchestra in Los Angeles, CA. He has given recitals and performed as a soloist in prestigious venues such as the Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (New York), Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia) and the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels.

In 2016, Samuel was awarded the Clifton Foundation's "Emerging Artist Award" and gave a recital in Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. He is a member of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Andreas Delfs, music director, and, iPalpiti Orchestra, directed by Eduard Schmieder.

Listen/watch Samuel's performance of Waxman's Carmen Fantasy.