Sam

Pianist | Improviser

Biography

Sam is one of the first musicians in the world to have a Conservatoire Level Masters Course specially created for him, a ‘Piano Masters in Interpretation and Improvisation’ at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, bringing together his skills in jazz, composition and classical. Graduating with Distinction in 2019, he spent the following year as a Fellow with the Composition Department. He mainly studied the classical piano tradition and only recently in his career discovered his true passion: improvisation.

During lockdown Sam composed a musical, One Shoe of Each Colour, all about his journey as a transgender person. Championed by GSMD as a musical having ‘all the ingredients to be the next hit’ the piece is garnering much interest from the world of Musical Theatre and is due to be released in 2024. He also wrote the music for the new play Consecuencias de la Sed premiered in 2021, and was awarded the Oh! prize to the best new soundtrack.

Sam is the resident pianist for DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse in London (No. 1 Airbnb Music Experience Globally in 2018 – Forbes) where he was featured by Steinway & Sons, and he was also part of Yamaha’s ‘Live From Home’ Europe wide Live Stream series.

Reviews

“Sam is an outstanding musician with a unique artistic voice. His style of playing cannot be easily defined by genre and nor should it be. He occupies a space where classical meets folk, pop and film music and it is through his extraordinary talent as an improviser that he is able to embrace and freely express all of these styles open-heartedly. A rare young talent.”

Jonathan Vaughan – Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Director of Music

“Sam combines a natural talent for Improvisation with a beautiful expressive pianism, full of imagination and originality.”

Laura Roberts – Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Professor of Piano

“Sam has an undeniable talent for improvisation. That, coupled with his technical prowess and musical knowledge make him an exciting prospect. Watch this space!”

Gareth Williams – Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Professor of Jazz Improvisation 

ONE SHOE OF EACH COLOUR

THE MUSICAL

One Shoe of Each Colour is an autobiographical musical by Sam Peña telling the story of Bet (authors real nickname), someone going through a complex process of growth and emotional breakthroughs to find out who they really are. Bet starts the play under a female identity and is always accompanied by *her* 2 consciences, the non human characters that only Bet can see or hear who represent the two sides of the emotional journey, fear, social opinion pulling Bet back and freedom and bravery representing the 27yo looking back on the younger self. 

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, MORE EXCITING NEWS COMING SOON!

Please get in touch using the below contact form if you would like to be involved as a musical theatre professional in the production of One Shoe of Each Colour The Musical

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Agenda

Shoreditch Treehouse 2023
Concert Dates
Brunel Museum 2023
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