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Born in Los Angeles, Samantha Gillogly began her musical training in violin at age six on the island of Martha's Vineyard. She has studied with numerous renowned performers and educators, including Russian national prizewinner Lilia Muchnik, jazz artist David Eure, and Boston Symphony concertmaster Malcolm Lowe at New England Conservatory. She now holds a Bachelor’s in Performance, summa cum laude, from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Fluent in an extensive list of classical repertoire, from Adams to Zelenka, Samantha is also an avid fan and performer of traditional Irish, Scottish and other Celtic and roots genres, as well as music of the Middle-eastern traditions. As a soloist, she has appeared on NBC-TV's Chronicle news magazine, performed for President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush and for President William and Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and concertized in numerous recitals, competitions and private functions throughout the U.S. From 2007-2011 she was the principal violist of the Boston Civic Symphony, and in 2008 joined Billboard's chart-topping composer, Tim Janis, as a violinist in the Tim Janis Ensemble. In 2009, she was a member of the innovative Youtube Symphony Orchestra, which performed live at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas.
Samantha's recording projects include the 2012 crossover album Celtic Chamber Music with pianist Tim Maurice, and two digital singles: Misty Mountain (also with Maurice), and the solo single, Danse Macabre.
In addition to music, Samantha's passions include writing and art. Her love of words first found expression in mainstream print when her essay “Apiarian Days” (a chronicle of her experience placing 16th in the 2001 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee) was featured in the 2007 Hudson Street Press anthology, Red: The Next Generation of American Writers—Teenage Girls—On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. The essay was later reprinted in textbooks for Pearson and the U.S. State Department. Her forthcoming self-illustrated book of short fiction, The Golden Arrow and Other Tales, is set to be released in May 2015 from Artistic Media Associates, Inc.
Samantha was ranked among "Best of" performers for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Gigmasters.com, one of the top online talent booking sites in North America