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July 2022 Musical Artist of the Month – Henry Samuels

Henry Samuels is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed across the US, China, Europe, and Japan with orchestra including the Akron Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony, the Mansfield Symphony, and the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra. 

Henry also enjoys playing chamber music. He has performed in all types of ensembles ranging from the Schulhoff Trio to the Schubert “Trout” quintet as a frequent collaborator with M.U.S.i.C. Stars in the Classics. He also performs jazz and pop tunes with various string ensembles in Opus 216 and Classical Revolution for events such as weddings, lawn concerts, and fundraisers. Henry also performs and teaches Jewish folk music (klezmer). He has performed for Jewish Weddings and other significant life events, at the Bop Stop with Steven Greenman’s klezmer trio, and was the director of the klezmer ensemble at The Music Settlement from 2020 to 2022. 

Henry is an active music teacher across Northeast Ohio. He teaches Suzuki and traditional bass at the Music Settlement, the Westlake Music Academy, and the Avon School of Music. Henry also assists local orchestra programs by teaching bass lessons and sectionals at Lakewood High School and Strongsville Middle and High School. 

Henry received his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University in double bass performance, and a Professional Studies Certificate in bass performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with TCO principal bassist Max Dimoff. 

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