Sam Perkin - Concert of New Music

Sam Perkin - Concert of New Music

Date: 7th February 2014
Time: 8.00 p.m
Venue: Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Sam Perkin - Concert of New Music

Friday 7 February, 8pm, Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music.


Tickets €18/€15 for CIT staff/alumni/€7 concessions

and can be purchased at


Presented by the Cork Piano Forum in association with the CIT Cork School of Music.


Concert featuring works by Irish composer Sam Perkin.

ConCorda String Orchestra

Members of Voci Nuove Chamber Choir

Sabine Ducrot - Flute

Michael Joyce - Piano

Gabriela Mayer - Piano

Ruxandre Colan - Violin

Conor Palliser - French Horn

Gary Beecher - Piano

Tom Crowley - Conductor

Colm O'Regan - Conductor


Cork Piano Forum in association with CIT Cork School of Music hosts a concert of music by Cork-born composer Sam Perkin on Friday, 7 February.

Sam, a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music, was awarded highest honours by the school in both his undergraduate and masters degrees. He is currently pursuing post-graduate studies at the Conservatoire in Lyon, France, one of the leading music colleges in the world.

Praised in the Irish Examiner for his “vision, imagination, awareness of colour [and] extremely skilful use of the orchestra” Sam has received numerous awards and commissions from such bodies as Cork City Council, the Cork Orchestral Society, the CSM Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras and the Arts Council of Ireland. A performance of his String Quartet by the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet was broadcast on RTÉ LyricFM and his work recently was recently performed at Invenzione - Festival Berio in Lyon, France.

The varied programme features duos with piano for violin, flute and french horn as well as works for chamber choir and string orchestra. Performers include Ruxandra Colan, violin, Sabine Ducrot, flute, Conor Palliser, french horn, pianists Gabriela Mayer, Gary Beecher and Michael Joyce, members of the Voci Nuove Chamber Choir with conductor Colm O’Regan and the ConCorda string orchestra with conductor Tom Crowley.

The concert takes place in the Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music on Friday, 7 February at 8pm. Tickets cost €18 or €15 for CIT staff/alumni and €7 concessions. They can be purchased in advance from or at the door. 


Sam Perkin was inspired by his first music theory teacher George Dunne to completely discover the inner workings of music.  This love of music led to continuing study and Sam now holds a BMus. and MA in Composition from CIT Cork School of Music, specializing in strict counterpoint, orchestration, harmony, analysis, and compositional techniques with Séamas de Barra, Alan Cutts and C.S.L. Parker.  He achieved the top mark for both degrees, and for his MA was awarded the ‘HETAC Student of the Year Prize for the Most Outstanding Student in CIT’.  Sam is currently studying at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon (CNSMDL) with David Chappuis, Luca Antignani and Gilles Alonzo, and he currently aims to pursue a Doctorate Artist Diploma there.

He has received commissions from The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras/The Arts Council (Inspirit for Strings - for The 2013 ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings), Cork Orchestral Society (String Quartet - for The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet - broadcast nationally on RTÉ Lyric FM), and Cork City Council Arts Office (Sonata for Flute and Piano "Les Ducrots" - for Sabine Ducrot/Michael Joyce and Nine Snapshots for Violin and Piano - for Ruxandra Colan-Petcu/Gabriela Mayer).

His composition Violin Concerto No. 2 “Voice” (Soloist: Eoin Ducrot, with the CSM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Geoffrey Spratt) received three performances in 2012, and its haunting ending sees the audience humming with the soloist.  It received the following review from Declan Townsend of The Irish Examiner: "I unreservedly praise the composer's vision, imagination, awareness of colour, extremely skillful use of the orchestra, and Ducrot's ravishing playing.  This is a work that I want to hear again and again".

His Prelude and Fugue for Violin and Marimba will be performed at a joint concert between the Crash Ensemble and the ConTempo Quartet in Galway on April 4th (Performers: Bogdan Sofei/Alex Petcu).  His latest piece Motor Cortex (scored for vibraphone, harp, viola and cello, with voice and body percussion) was performed last month at Invenzione - Festival Berio in Lyon, France.

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