Sam Perkin

(b. 1985)
Aisling McCoy

“The piece I most want to hear again is Perkin’s.”
— Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

“This is a piece I want to hear again and again.”
— Declan Townsend, The Irish Examiner

Sam Perkin (b.1985) is a composer of new orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music.

'Waves' is an attempted self-cure for tinnitus and 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. 'Grey Area' blends the worlds of Street Skateboarding with Contemporary Music and was commissioned by Crash Ensemble/Engage Arts Festival with its world première taking place at Musica Nova Festival, Helsinki. 'Language', a substantial work for Solo Violin, was commissioned by West Cork Chamber Music Festival for American contemporary violin specialist Miranda Cuckson. His latest commission was for La Côte Flûte Festival, Switzerland, entitled 'Twitter', for Flute Choir and Smartphones. He is currently composing a new work for Orchestra and Sine Tones for The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Sam Perkin is composer-in-residence with Crash Ensemble in 2018/19. As part of his residency he will compose a set of pieces inspired by his love of linguistics, including a piece for cellist Kate Ellis based on the Cork Accent. He has enjoyed collaborations with musicians and festivals such as Finghin Collins, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Miranda Cuckson, Alex Petcu, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Nathalia Milstein, Music For Galway, ConTempo Quartet, The New Ross Piano Festival, ConCorda Chamber Music, The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Engage Arts Festival, Spotlight Chamber Music Series, Co-Orch Dublin, Fidelio Trio, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival, West Wicklow Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Gregynog Festival in Wales, Musica Nova Festival in Finland, and La Côte Festival in Switzerland.

Sam Perkin holds degrees in Composition from CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland, and an Artist Diploma from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France. In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Prix Salabert for Composition from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France, and in 2017 he was awarded The Next Generation Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland.