Momentos de Musica


Samuel Espinosa

Born in Logroño (Spain, 1990), he started to play the viola at the age of eight. In 2009 he got a place to study at the Royal College of Music (London) with Professor Jonathan Barritt, graduating in 2013. Samuel completed his master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber” Dresden with Professor Pauline Sachse.

He has participated in masterclasses with prestigious violists like Tatjana Masurenko, Lawrence Power, Simone Jandl, Andreas Willwohl or Simon Rowland-Jones. He is a member of the Bambú Ensemble and the Trío Vasnier, with whom he won the First Prize and the Critic’s Prize in the cicle “El Primer Palau 2015” in Barcelona. They have also played in the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid and recorded Bax and Debussy trios for the National Radio (RNE). He has recently recorded a CD with Bambú Ensemble for IBS Classical, which includes the Shostakovich and Enescu string octets. He has worked with Cibrán Sierra (Cuarteto Quiroga), as well as with Lorenza Borrani, among others. He has collaborated with Spira Mirabilis, an ensemble that reunites talented musicians from all around Europe. He was a scholar of the chamber music foundation “Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz” (Germany). 

He is a member of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana – Palau de Les Arts since 2021. Samuel was an academist in the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, where he later got a long temporary contract. He also obtained a contract in the Gewandhausorchester in 2020. He has collaborated with orchestras like the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. He was a member of the EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra) with whom he has performed in festivals like the BBC Proms in London and in concert halls like Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, under conductors like Vasily Petrenko and Bernard Haitink. He was a part of JONDE (National Youth Orchestra of Spain), where he has played as principal viola and participated in the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin or in Aix-en-Provence. He has played with the Britten-Pears Orchestra and has been involved in projects conducted by Edward Gardner and Oliver Knussen. 

He obtained a scholarship from the Ad Infinitum Foundation (Germany, 2015/16), the Fundación JONDE – BBVA (Spain, 2014/15), the Williamson Foundation for Music (USA, 2012) and the Fundación Promete (Spain, 2011).