Sam Perkin is a composer of new orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music. He completed an Artist Diploma in Composition at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France, after previously being awarded a BMus and Masters in Composition from CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland.
‘Waves’ for Solo Percussionist and String Orchestra, commissioned by The Irish Chamber Orchestra, is an attempted self-cure for tinnitus and received three standing ovations for its world première tour. 'Waves' is the fruit of a bountiful collaboration between The Irish chamber Orchestra and the composer over the last few years, supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. He has recently completed a large-scale work entitled 'Grey Area' for Ensemble and Street Skateboarding Film, for Crash Ensemble, for performance at Engage Arts Festival. His mammoth work for Solo Violin, 'Language', was commissioned by West Cork Chamber Music Festival for American violin specialist Miranda Cuckson. His latest commission is for La Côte Flûte Festival, Switzerland, a new work entitled 'Twitter' for Flute Choir and Smartphones.
He won the prestigious Prix Salabert for Composition at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon in 2016, and he was awarded The Next Generation Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland in 2017.
Sam was composer-in-residence and The 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras in Dublin, and at ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings. He will be undertaking a residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre as part of his Next Generation Award, and with Crash Ensemble in 2018/19. As part of his residency with Crash Ensemble he will compose five pieces inspired by his love of linguistics, including a piece for cellist Kate Ellis based on the Cork Accent. He has collaborated with festivals such as New Ross Piano Festival, Gregynog Festival - Wales, Ortús Chamber Music Festival and West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
In his 'Violin Concerto' a moment of audience humming creates an aura like none other for the final cadenza, and his recent work 'Pause' blends the sounds of a slowed-down Irish fiddle with String Orchestra. In 2016 'Brother' for Solo Marimba and Voices in 6 Languages had its première at Festival La Ferme du Vinatier and Festival Les Nuits Sonores, Lyon, France.