Sam Saunders (b.1993) is a composer, pianist, and community-driven entrepreneur. As a pianist, Sam has performed in many solo recitals, and as concerto soloist with orchestras. in 2016, he performed a self-composed work to a sold out audience of 3500 people at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor as part of the Collage Concert. He has studied and performed hundreds of pieces from all periods and styles, but most specializes in the music of Bach and Beethoven.
As a composer, he has written dozens of works for various ensembles, including orchestra, chamber and solo works. In early 2018 he premiered a 70-minute work he composed alongside the concertmaster and several principal string players from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Sam is the founder and the first executive director of the non-profit organization Seven Mile Music, which provides free music lessons every week to over 200 children in underserved areas of Detroit.
He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, with a Bachelor of Arts in music composition and piano performance. Apart from music, Sam enjoys the outdoors whenever possible, and loves to mountain bike, ski, and is a class V whitewater kayaker. During his time at Michigan, he played as a flanker on the college's division 1 Rugby team.
Sam has taught piano to children of all ages for many years, and believes deeply in the power of music to transform and enrich lives.