Samuel Phua is a recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (undergraduate) 2017 and will be studying in the Sibelius academy. He graduated from the School Of The Arts, Singapore with the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCC). There, he studied classical music under Leslie Wong and jazz under Fabian Lim.
Samuel has performed as a soloist with several of Singapore’s top orchestras and bands. Notable examples include the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers and the Singapore Wind Symphony.
As a chamber musician, Samuel co-founded the Xin Saxophone Quartet and is the artistic director of Protégé Saxophone Ensemble (2015-2017). He is a regular performer for the annual Singapore Saxophone Symposium since it’s inception in 2011. A sought after musician, he has been invited to perform with the Philharmonic Winds and Windstars as a guest saxophonist.
A versatile musician, Samuel has proved his versatility through events such as the National Day Rally Appreciation Dinner (2015) and Neon Lights Music Festival (2015) He has also lent his efforts for charity events such as Sunburst (2017), The Business Times CapitaLand Fundraising Concert in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), ChildAid 2014: All Stars Edition as well as Voices for Hospices Charity Concert 2013.
His interest in world music led him to join the SOTA Indian Fusion Ensemble as a member to learn Indian music under the tutelage of Nawaz Mirajkar. From there, he became a member of the Asian Contemporary Ensemble and has performed with them for Sayang Singapura 2015.
Samuel has served as the music director for School Of The Art’s first IBCC Integrated Arts production: Pitch Black. This was a collaborative performance of all the art forms offered by SOTA. Samuel has represented Singapore at numerous international music events, including the Eugene Rousseau saxophone shell in Wisconsin (2015), the Malta Music International Festival (2015), and the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Thailand (2017). He was also featured in the OKTO television documentary ‘Under 18’ shown on local channel.