Performer, teacher, composer and arranger, classical guitarist Samantha Muir is now based in Sherborne and performed in the 2014, 2015 and the 2016 Sherborne Abbey Festival.
Born in England, Samantha moved to Australia with her family at the age of seven and started classical guitar lessons 2 years later. Her teachers included Sebastian Jorgensen at Monsalvat; Peter Lynch, at the Victorian College of the Arts; and Gregory Pikler at Sydney Conservatorium. In 1992 she received a special commendation as a finalist in the Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition. After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English Literature, at the University of Sydney in 1994, she furthered her musical studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Having been accepted into the Post-Graduate Diploma of Performance Studies on a Senior Exhibition Scholarship she studied under Carlos Bonell and on graduating in 1997 was awarded the Madeline Walton Guitar Prize and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London.
Samantha has participated in numerous masterclasses with some of the top guitarists and composers in the world, including John Williams, Alirio Diaz, Leo Brouwer, Phillip Houghton, David Russell, John Mills, Timothy Kain, Stephen Dodgson, Ignacio Rodes and Nikita Koshkin. Since finishing her studies she has given solo recitals in England, Wales, Australia and Spain.
In 2001 she recorded a CD entitled The Exotic Guitar which featured music by the Australian composer Phillip Houghton with whom she has had a professional association for many years.
In 2015 Sam released her third solo CD, Alma Apaixonada. This CD features the music of Brazilian composers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Dilermando Reis.
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In 2008 Sam released her second CD entitled For Love… and a Small Bag of Diamonds which features music from Spain and South America.