Sam Kelder

Sam Kelder
Viola Faculty

Described as “Dynamic and Committed” by the Boston Globe, Violist Sam Kelder performs regularly in New England with A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Guerilla Opera, Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, as well as guest principal with Cape Cod Symphony, principal of Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the New Bedford Symphony. Kelder is core member of string trio Sound Energy, an ensemble dedicated to pushing the traditional violin-viola-cello combination to represent the bold voices of 20th and 21st century composers. He is also founding member of Shizuka Duo with violist Hannah Rose Nicholas, whose mission is to explore and expand the multifaceted sound-world of the alto pairing.

Kelder has also performed as the featured artist at Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, as soloist at New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and as guest artist with the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway.

His studies yield a B.M. form the University of Houston and M.M. from Mannes The New School for Music. Sam graduated in May 2017 from Doctoral Studies at Boston University as teaching assistant to Michelle LaCourse. Major teachers and influences include Wayne Brooks, Karen Dreyfus, Kyung Sun Lee, Laurie Smukler, and Bayla Keyes.

Sam is unswervingly committed to the performance of new works, and has collaborated with many living composers, including Hans Abrahamsen George Benjamin, Derek Bermel, Chaya Czernowin, Zosha Di Castri, Michael Finnissy, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Philippe Leroux, Krzysztof Penderecki, Joan Tower, and more.

He can be heard on Not Art Records, and is an artist member of Music for Food. During the summer Sam is a viola teacher and coach for the students at Boston University Tanglewood Institute.