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Samara Ginsberg - Cello

Samara Ginsberg is establishing herself as one of the most versatile cellists of her generation. Born into an artistic family in London in 1982, she began piano and composition lessons at the age of six. She took up the cello at 14, gaining a distinction at Grade 8 within a year and winning several prizes and competitions.

Samara gained a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Stefan Popov. Whilst there, she gained distinctions both for performance and for academic studies. She has participated in masterclasses with Pierre Doumenge, Peter Czaba, the Takacs Quartet and the Vellinger Quartet.

Samara now works predominantly as a chamber musician with several established ensembles. She is the founder, arranger and artistic director of the Jukebox String Quartet, an ensemble specialising in virtuoso rock covers. In addition to this, she is co-principal cello of the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity, works as a session musician for the Chamber Orchestra of London, and tours the world with comedy string quartet Graffiti Classics. She is a regular contributor to Classical Music, Music Teacher and The Strad magazines.

Samara lives in a converted pub in South London with her partner, pianist Leo Nicholson, and their incredibly spoiled Persian cat. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, sleeping, and popping bubble wrap.

Works performed:
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 - Sat 10 Mar 2018