SAMSON DIAMONDSamson got his first taste of music in Soweto, where he studied with the founding director of Buskaid, Rosemary Nalden. At the age of 17 he attended the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, where he obtained both the Bachelor of Music Honours degree First Class (2006) and his Master of Music Performance (2007) degree with distinction. While in the UK he received numerous merit awards including the Charles Hallé Award; the RNCM Eric Nicholson Bow Prize, the RNCM Major Entrance Award, Edward Heaton Scholarship and the RNCM Philip Newman Violin Prize. As a freelance orchestral player in the UK, Samson played in the Hallé Orchestra, the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and the Academy of Ancient Music. He has been heard in concert in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin, Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, and the Musikverein in Vienna, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

Samson returned to South Africa in 2009. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music and has since performed as soloist with prominent orchestras including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a founding member of the jazz-classical band Quattro Fusion, which also includes some of South Africa’s finest talents: Melanie Scholtz, Melvin Peters and Godfrey Mgcnina. Listen below to Count Ducks.

In 2011, Samson was appointed the Principal Second Violinist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2013 he has been the leader of the Odeion String Quartet. Previously, he was the principal second violinist at the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

A truly versatile musician with broad and refined musical tastes.