Mr David Samuel

BM, MM, AD, The Juilliard School, AC San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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Professional Teaching Fellow


Violist David Samuel is currently the Associate Principal Viola of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a position he has held since 2015. He was previously the violist of Ensemble MidtVest in Denmark and was the founding violist of the Afiara Quartet. During his eight year tenure with the quartet, Mr. Samuel performed more than 100 works for string quartet in over 400 concerts worldwide. In addition to being the first ensemble to receive the Young Canadian Musicians Award, the Afiara Quartet was a top prize winner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany, the Banff International String Quartet Competition in Banff, Canada, and the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.

Mr. Samuel’s career has taken him to perform at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, at the headquarters of both LinkedIn and Facebook, and on "The Late Show with David Letterman". He has performed chamber music with Robert Mann, Pinchas Zukerman, Atar Arad, Michael Tree, Colin Carr, Marc Johnson, Joel Krosnick, Sergio Azzolini, James Campbell, Jörg Widmann, and members of the Alexander, Cecilia, Danish, Emerson, and Juilliard String Quartets. Mr. Samuel has recorded many chamber music works for Dacapo, CPO, and Foghorn Classics, and has worked as a producer most recently for a recording of Mozart chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Samuel enjoys a passion and commitment to education. He has given hundreds of educational concerts and workshops internationally and has been a faculty member at the University of Stavanger, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, and has held residencies at San Francisco State University, The Juilliard School, The Glenn Gould School, and the University of Alberta. He currently teaches viola and chamber music at the University of Auckland.

Mr. Samuel received his Bachelor and Master of Music as well as an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. He also received an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers were Paul Hersh, Henry Janzen, Michael Tree, and Karen Tuttle.



Teaching | Current

Coordinator of Strings and Chamber Music

Professional Teaching Fellow in Viola


ARD International Music Competition, Munich, Germany: 2nd Prize

Concert Artists Guild, New York, USA: Competition Winner

Banff International String Quartet Competition, Banff, Canada: 2nd Prize and Székely Prize


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Level 9, Room 901
New Zealand