B i o g r a p h y
Australian pianist Samuel Dharma is the winner of numerous piano prizes, including first prize in the 2009 Rex Hobcroft Piano Competition in Sydney, Australia and the "Publikumspreis" at the 18.International Klaviersommer 2010 in Bad Bertrich, Germany. Finalist in the 2011 Knigge Music Competition in Vancouver, Canada and semi-finalist in the 2011 ASEAN International Concerto Competition in Jakarta, Indonesia, he also garnered 2nd prize in the 2011 Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition in Toronto, Canada.
Aside from competitions, Samuel has given recitals and performed as chamber musician to audiences in Australia, Europe, and North America. As soloist, he has performed with the UNSW Orchestra on numerous occasions, working with conductors Steven Hillinger and Colin Piper. His performances have been broadcasted by 2MBS FM.
Samuel's dedication to music extends to his role as an educator. He has served as teaching assistant at both the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory (Toronto, Canada) and Rice University (Houston, USA) where he earned his Artist Diploma and Master's degree respectively. He currently teaches a private studio in Sydney, Australia. In 2021, he will begin teaching piano at the Conservatorium High School. Since 2015, he serves as resident pianist for Australian composer Graham Hair at the Sydney International Piano Masterclass Festival, performing Prof Hair's and his students' works.
As the beneficiary of generous scholarships, Samuel had the privilege of studying with Margaret Hair, David Louie, John Perry, and Dr. Robert Roux. He has also worked with such artist-teacher as Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, John O’Conor, and Jacques Rouvier. An avid chamber musician, he has worked with the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, as well as violinist Cho-Liang Lin and cellist Peter Wiley (Guarneri String Quartet) in chamber music workshops.