Described as “dynamic and committed” by the Boston Globe, violist Sam Kelder performs regularly in New England as guest artist with ensembles A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Guerilla Opera, Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, and various regional symphony orchestras including Cape Cod Symphony, Cape cod chamber orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Phoenix Orchestra Reborn, and the New Bedford Symphony. Kelder recently joined the Boston based string trio Sound Energy, an ensemble dedicated to searching for ways to push the traditional violin-viola-cello combination to represent the bold and daring voices of 20th- & 21st-century composers.
In addition to local projects, Kelder has also performed as the featured artist at Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, as soloist at New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and as guest artist with the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway.
His studies yield a B.M. from the University of Houston, M.M. from Mannes the New School for Music, and graduated May 2017 from doctoral studies at Boston University as teaching assistant to Michelle LaCourse. Other major teachers and influences include Wayne Brooks, Karen Dreyfus, Kyung Sun Lee, Laurie Smukler, and Bayla Keyes.
Sam has had the great fortune to work with many prominent living composers such as Hans Abrahamsen, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, Anthony Cheung, Chaya Czernowin, Zosha Di Castri, Péter Eötvös, Michael Finnissey, Luca Francesconi, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, John Harbison, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Krzysztof Penderecki, Matthius Pintscher, Roger Reynolds, Joan Tower, and Eric Wubbles.
Sam can be heard on Not Art Records, and is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our home communities