Described as an ‘artist whose overwhelming musicality goes beyond his instrument’ (Il Sole24Ore), in 2019 Samuele was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions held at Wigmore Hall in London. Previous awards include 1st Prize at the 2018 Arassate-Hiria (Spain) and the 2013 Castelfidardo (Italy) Competitions.
Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier Academy Festival, the Divertimento Ensemble Rondò series in Milan, Schlern Music (North Italy) and Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh. He collaborates with Ema Nikolovska (mezzo), the Castalian Quartet, Quatour Hermes and Tabea Debus (recorder) and records for Delphian.
Samuele has performed widely in Europe, highlights including the Societa dei Concerti (Milan), Amici della Musica di Firenze, Cité de la Danse et la Musique (Strasbourg), Festival Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Amici della Musica di Padova and Berlin Philharmonie.
As soloist with orchestra he has performed with the State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg and with I Virtuosi Italiani among the others. Other highlights include Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Quartetto Fonè and appearances on Rai RadioTre, Radio Classica and Radio Popolare Milano.
Samuele’s repertoire ranges from original works for accordion (Gubaidulina, Donatoni, Mantovani, Berio), to transcriptions of music by Bach, Mussorgsky, Ligeti and Schubert, among many others. In 2017 he released his first solo CD LIMES to critical acclaim, and in 2020 a duo CD for accordion and clarinet, BROKEN SHAKE.
Passionate about developing new music he has given numerous premieres, both solo and chamber, and collaborated with theater artists including the director and comedian Georgio Panariello in the Arena di Verona. In 2020 he won the Italian contemporary group The Divertimento Ensemble’s #istayathome and #iplayforyou competition.
Born in Spoleto (Italy), Samuele is accordion professor at the Conservatory ‘Gesualdo da Venosa’ in Potenza and ‘F.A.Bonporti’ in Trento. He studied with Massimiliano Pitocco at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, graduating with the highest honours in his Masters.
Awards during his studies included 1st Prize at the Zinetti (2014) and Val Tidone International Competitions (2013), the Valentino Bucchi (for contemporary music interpretation), Luigi Nono (2017), Claudio Abbado (2015) and Antonio Salieri (2013) prizes.