Clarinetist Samuel Brandão Marques began his studies at the age of five with Nelson Aguiar (Aveiro Music Conservatory, Portugal) and continued his studies with António Saiote (Music and Performing Arts College – Porto, Portugal), before studying under Stanley Drucker at New York University’s Steinhardt School, where he was an Adjunct Instructor, completing his Masters degree (MM) in December 2012 at the age of 20. In May 2014 at the same university, he completed an Advanced Certificate in Music Education as a student of Pascual Martínez-Forteza (clarinet) and Dennis Smylie (bass clarinet).
Throughout his young career, Mr. Marques has received ten prizes in both national and international competitions, the most notable being 1st Prize in the International Clarinet Association’s competition in Austin, TX (2010).
In 2010, Mr. Marques founded the Trio Densité (Flute, Clarinet and Piano), in Porto, Portugal. During the trio’s first year of activity, it participated in four national and international competitions, winning four prizes, including the Prize in the Music Competition of the Porto Literary Club – Porto, Portugal (2011); 2nd Prize in the Young Musicians Prize 2011 – Lisbon and Porto, Portugal (2011); Honorable Mention in the ESMAE 3rd Chamber Music Competition – Porto, Portugal (2011); and 3rd Prize in the 2nd Chamber Music International Competition of Alcobaça 2011 – Alcobaça, Portugal (2011).
Mr. Marques has attended numerous clarinet and chamber music masterclasses with renowned musicians including Stanley Drucker, Michel Arrignon, Mark Nuccio, Steve Cohen, Burt Hara, Matthias Müller, Pavel Vinnitsky, Andrew Simon, António Saiote, Valdemar Rodríguez, Koichi Hamanaka, Enrique Perez Piquer, and Juan Ferrer, among others. He has been a member of several Symphony Orchestras, Opera Companies, and Wind Orchestras, while working with prominent conductors including James Judd, Mei-Ann Chen, Carl St. Clair, Susanna Mälkki, Paul McCreesh, Joana Carneiro, Jonathan Schiffman, David Amado, Danail Rachev, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Constantine Kitsopoulos, Jens Georg Bachmann, Ari Pelto, Martin André, Nicholas Kok, Pedro Carneiro, Pedro Neves, and Yoel Gamzou. With the International Mahler Orchestra, where Mr. Marques is currently bass clarinetist, he had the opportunity to tour Germany, playing in some of the best concert halls in the world, including Köln and Berlin Philharmonie.
While based in the New York City area, Samuel Brandão Marques was an active freelance musician, playing in diverse venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, to name a few. Some of Mr. Marques’ performances have been broadcast on radio stations Antena 2 (Portugal), W Radio (Mexico) and WFMT 98.7 fm (USA).
In 2013, Mr. Marques was selected to the National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), playing as soloist Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, the Castleton Festival Orchestra (being chosen by maestro Lorin Maazel himself), the World Peace Orchestra, and the New York Youth Symphony. In the same year, as the winner of NYU Steinhardt School’s Winds Concerto Competition, Mr. Marques played Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra with the NYU Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Mr. Marques was selected to the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance (New York, NY) and to the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), being offered a Resident Artist Fellowship. During the same year, he had the opportunity to play with the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and was selected as the winner of the II Iberoamerican Young Artists Competition.
In March of 2015, Mr. Marques performed a solo recital at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, being broadcast live by Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 fm. Also in 2015, Mr. Marques was selected to go on a Portuguese tour with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Seminar, toured Italy with the Virtuoso Soloists of New York, group of which he is a founding member, toured Portugal with Orchestra XXI and was selected to the Portuguese Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Marques regularly collaborates with Portugal’s Gulbenkian Orchestra as 2nd Soloist and is on the clarinet faculty at Jobra Music Conservatory (Portugal).