Violist Samuel Kelder is a multifaceted performer of contemporary music and proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration. Beginning his violin studies at the age of six in Houston, Texas, Sam grew up with an inquisitive mind for the arts and passionate dedication for sharing music with many communities. Described as “dynamic and committed” by the Boston Globe, Sam performs regularly in New England, namely with Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, Ensemble Mise En, Hub New Music, Times Arrow Ensemble, and various regional symphony orchestras. As violist of the Vellumsound, the newly appointed ensemble in residence at the Museum of Fine Art Boston, he co-presents interactive and educational projects that span the depth of music history from Purcell to living Boston-based composers. In addition to local projects, he has also performed as soloist at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival and NYCEMF. Sam holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, a Masters Degree from Mannes the New School for Music, and is in pursuit of his doctoral studies at Boston University as teaching assistant to Michelle LaCourse. Sam has had the great fortune to work with many prominent living composers such as Beat Furrer, Hans Abrahamsen, Olga Neuwirth, Krzysztof Penderecki, Roger Reynolds, Michael Finnissey, Joan Tower, William Bolcomb, Derek Bermel, and John Harbison. In his spare time Sam enjoys teaching, cooking, reading, and exploring.
Samuel is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our home communities