Samuel Suggs

Samuel Suggs, bass (Buffalo, New York), served as the principal bassist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2010 to 2012, and has worked with conductors Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap van Zweden, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Mark Elder, and Cliff Colnot. As a chamber musician, Sam has performed with eighth blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, MusicNOW of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute and Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra. Sam was the first bassist to win a prize at the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. His other prizes include the Thaviu Scholarship Competition at Northwestern University and an honorable mention in the International Society of Bassists Youth Solo Division. Sam graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a degree in Music Theory and Cognition, studying counterpoint and 18th-century model composition with Robert Gjerdingen and Vasili Byros, and currently is studying at the Yale School of Music with Don Palma. Past Yellow Barn musician (2012)